During a recent appearance on the Today Show, American stand-up comedian Rickey Smiley discussed the passing of his son Brandon and suggested that he may have overdosed on drugs. He provided more information on what transpired on January 29, 2023, stating that he got a call from Brandon’s fiancée, who discovered him unconscious.
Smiley added that his daughter Taylor called him and informed him that Brandon had passed just as he was getting ready to go for Georgia. The comedian claimed that even though the occurrence took him in shock, he had been preparing for this eventuality for a very long time.
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Brandon was baptized a month prior to his passing, according to Smiley, who said that he made every effort to get him into rehab. The father went on to say that he was unaware of Brandon’s drug addiction’s genesis, saying:
“We just believe that these kids aren’t using drugs if they attend a nice school, live in a gated community, or everything is going well. You do not need to reside in a hood.
Rickey Smiley’s son was 32 years old at the time of his death
On January 30, 2023, Rickey Smiley announced the passing of his son on Instagram. In the message, he uploaded a video and said that while he was alright, everyone else should pray for Storm, Brandon’s daughter, Brenda, his siblings, and Brandon’s mother. Added him:
“I simply ask that everyone pray for me and our family. This morning, Brandon Smiley, my son, went away. I’m ready to board a plane in an effort to travel to Birmingham. Jesus, Lord have mercy.
At the time of his passing, Brandon was 32 years old, however, the reason for his passing was not made public. In response, Rickey Smiley stated:
“Now I see what my granddaddy went through and why he felt the way he felt. My granddaddy went through this sh*t with my dad and somehow, here I am going through the same thing my grandparents went through. So just pray for our family.”
Aaryn Smiley, the daughter of Rickey Smiley, was shot and killed while traveling to a Whataburger two years before Brandon’s passing. In July 2020, Rickey announced to his YouTube fans that he felt fortunate that his daughter was still alive.
Brandon Smiley, Malik Smiley, Aaryn Smiley, D’Essence Smiley, and Craig Smiley are the father of Rickey Smiley’s five kids. The stand-up comedian adopted Craig; the first four are his biological children.
Most people know Rickey Smiley as the host of programs like ComicView and Dish Nation. He has appeared in a number of TV programs, including Players, Let’s Stay Together, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Showtime at Apollo, Unsung Hollywood, and others.
Additionally, he has appeared in a number of movies, including Miracles Across 125th Street, Friday After Next, Latham Entertainment Presents, Sweet Hideaway, First Sunday, Stomp the Yard: Homecoming, Baggage Claim, and F**k Child Support.