Stand-up comedian and radio personality Rickey Smiley is mourning the loss of his eldest son. The talk show host announced on Instagram over the weekend that his son Brandon passed away at the age of 32.
“I just had bad news this morning. I’m on the way to the airport to get to Birmingham. I just want everybody to pray for me, pray for our family,” Rickey said in a video. “My son, Brandon Smiley, has passed away this morning.”
Rickey hasn’t disclosed the cause of death but did say that he was ‘ok’ during the video.
“Pray for my son’s mother and my son’s siblings,” he added.
“Now I see what my granddaddy went through and why he felt the way he felt. My granddaddy went through this s–t with my dad and somehow, here I am going through the same thing my grandparents went through. So just pray for our family.”
Brandon was following in the footsteps of his father. He was also a stand-up comedian and actor. He leaves behind a daughter named Storm, 3.
Rickey is known for The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, Fox syndicated TV show Dish Nation, and TV One sitcom, The Rickey Smiley Show. His career in comedy and TV spans over two decades and in 2017 he received the Marconi Award for syndicated personality of the year.