Comedian Rickey Smiley’s son dies at age 32; ‘Pray for our family’

Comedian Rickey Smiley announced Sunday that his son has died, according to WSB-TV.

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Smiley shared news of the death of his son, Brandon Smiley, on social media. Brandon was 32.

“I just have bad news this morning. I’m on my way to the airport to get to Birmingham. I just want everyone to pray for me and our family,” Smiley wrote.

“My son Brandon Smiley has passed away this morning,” he said. “I just want all my cousins and different family members to pray, be strong, and I’m OK. Pray for my son’s mother and siblings. Everyone who was raised with Brandon.”

Brandon had a 3-year-old daughter named Storm, according to Essence.

No cause of death has been announced, according to WSB.

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin expressed his condolences in a post to social media, WBRC in Birmingham reported.

“Rickey has given so much to our city; this is the time when we need to give back to him,” Woodfin said. “Join me in wrapping our arms around him and his family during this difficult time. We’re praying for you, Rickey.”

Smiley’s daughter, Aaryn, was shot in 2020 after gunfire broke out around her while she was stopped at a traffic light in Houston. She survived the shooting.

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