No parent should ever endure the incredible pain of losing a child. As a mother, I can only pray that this is a loss I will not have to bear. Such is life, we are not in control but only along for the ride. It has a way of throwing curve balls at us that sometimes knocks us off our feet.

Beloved comedian/actor and our Magic 92.1 FM morning show host Rickey Smiley announced devastating news Sunday, Jan. 29. The iconic entertainer took to his Gram page and said that his oldest son, Brandon Smiley, had died. He was only 32.

Since his sad news was announced, millions of celebs and fans have offered their prayers, love, and support to the famous stand-up comedian. Known for his hilarious movies, the jokes, his award-winning “Rickey Smiley Morning Show” on radio and “Dish Nation” and his TV One reality series, “Rickey Smiley For Real,” many of us grew up with the star and feeling his pain.

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The cause of death of the legendary comedian's beloved son is unknown. We, too, send our heartfelt condolences to Rickey and the Smiley family. Our sincere prayers for healing go out to you all in your grief. RIP, Brandon Smiley.

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