Will Smith Is Bereaved • His Lookalike Father Has Died

Will Smith's father Willard Carroll Smith Sr has died. Although Will is yet to release a statement on the sad news - the 48 year old actor's ex-wife Sheree Fletcher - who he was married to from 1992 to 1995 - confirmed the death of Willard Carroll Smith, Sr., on Monday.

Posting a picture of Will and his father along with Will and Sheree's son Trey, 23, she paid a touching tribute.

She wrote on Instagram: "We're gonna miss you Daddio! You lived & played by your own rules...You truly were 1 of a kind! You instilled discipline, and a work ethic that has created a legacy in your honor!"

The picture shows Hollywood actor Will on the right of his father, and 23-year-old Try in the middle.

Will also has two children Jaden, 18, and Willow, 16, with his second wife Jada Pinkett Smith.

Willard was a refrigeration engineer and a former member of the US Air Force.

In the book Will Smith: A Biography, it claims Will's dad put him off doing drugs when he was younger by driving him to tough neighbourhoods in Philadelphia to show him what it was like for people on such substances, MailOnline reports.