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UPDATED 12/1/18 at 11:30AM:
Earlier this week (November 28), Rickey Smiley took to Facebook Live to reveal his grandfather, Ernest Smiley, was “in the beginning stages of making his transition” of life. While broadcasting from his Alabama home, the comedian talked about his grandfather’s impact on his life and the many family members around him. We’re sad to report today that Rickey lost his grandfather last night (11/30/18).
“I was introduced to go on stage in New Orleans at 8:55 p.m., same time my grandfather passed last night. I guess he didn’t wanna distract me lol!” Rickey wrote on social media. “Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.”
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As documented on TV One’s Rickey Smiley For Real, we’ve captured the different stages of his health. On Tuesday, we saw Rickey, Ms. Janie and Ms. Pat join granddad Ernest at his hospital bed just to bring him some laughter. His granddad light up once Ms. Janie entered the room ready to crack jokes.
Since then, Rickey expressed how he isn’t the only person dealing with losing a loved one and wants everyone to think of the mother of a young black man killed at an Alabama Mall at the hands of police. We want to see our thoughts and prayers to the family during this time of sadness.
See his recent Facebook message below:
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