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Actor Will Smith is mourning the loss of his father, Willard Carroll Smith, Sr., who died this week due to an unknown cause.

Will has not publicly responded to the heartbreaking news, but the 48-year-old’s ex-wife and mother of his eldest son, Trey, did share her condolences in a sweet Instagram post.

“We’re gonna miss you Daddio!” Sherry Fletcher, who was married to Smith from 1992 to 1995, wrote. “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! (Pic left to right: Will Smith II; Will Smith III (Trey); Will Smith I (Daddio!) #RIPDaddio#donttellmetheresnothingyoucantdo#WillSMITH1.”

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Willard, aka Daddio, a father of four and retired electrician, was known to be an influential part of Will’s life and successful career.

While promoting After Earth, the actor revealed to TV critic Shawn Edwards that he grew up in a family business and went to work with his father. “The only two jobs I’ve ever had was entertainment and the family business,” he said. “We delivered ice; we had an ice business back in Philly growing up and my father was an electrician.”

“At five years old, my father had me working,” he said. “Gotta earn your keep.”

Smith went on to explain that it was the days working with his father that ultimately led to the actor working directly with his son, Jaden.

Specifically for the film After Earth, Will revealed, “We were in China, we were working on Karate Kid … I was watching Jaden with Jackie Chan and they were having a good damn time.”

“I was like, ‘That’s my son, Jackie. I want to have fun with my kid like that.’ So I started thinking of something what I could come up with for he and I to work together again.”

In 2006, Will and Jaden starred alongside each other in The Pursuit of Happyness and in 2002, Jaden appeared in Men in Black II. 

Our thoughts are with Smith and his family.

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Reports: Mariah Carey Signs With Jay Z’s RocNation

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We know Mariah Carey changes managers like she changes clothes, but her next move could be her best move. According to Page Six Carey is in talks with Jay Z’s Roc Nation to manage her career.

Roc Nation manages Rihanna, Shakira, J Cole and DJ Khaled to name a few.

Apparently, the pop diva is hoping Hov and his team can put her back on top now that she parted ways with former manager Stella Bulochnikov earlier this month.

Sources tell HipHollywood Carey is cleaning house, and has also fired her publicist, assistant and attorney Darrell Miller.

But one person who hasn’t gotten the boot is her back-up dancer boyfriend Bryan Tanaka. Rumors were swirling that she hired Tanaka to take over her day-to-day management, but he’s actually her creative director.

Carey just released her holiday movie Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You, and is slated to bring her Christmas concerts back to the Beacon Theater in NYC this month. She hasn’t however dropped a new album in almost four years.

Fingers crossed this new partnership with Roc Nation brings about new music, and a Mariah / Jay Z collaboration. The two did make magic back in 1999 with their #1 single “Heartbreaker.”

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