Entertainment Movies Will Smith's Father Dies, Actor's Ex-Wife Posts Tribute: 'We're Gonna Miss You Daddio!' Will Smith's father, Willard Carroll Smith, Jr., has died, according to the actor's ex-wife Sheree Fletcher, who posted a tribute to him on Instagram By Julie Mazziotta Julie Mazziotta Twitter Associate Editor, PEOPLE Health People Editorial Guidelines Published on November 8, 2016 08:34 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: SGranitz/WireImage Will Smith's father, Willard Carroll Smith, Jr., has died. Smith's ex-wife Sheree Fletcher, whom the actor was married to from 1992 to 1995, posted a tribute to her former father-in-law on Instagram Monday. "We're gonna miss you Daddio! You lived & played by your own rules…you truly were 1 of a kind!," Fletcher writes. "You instilled discipline, and a work ethic that has created a legacy in your honor!" She included a photo of Will and his father alongside her son with the actor, Trey, now 23. Will has yet to publicly comment. Will previously said that his father inspired him to be involved in his children's lives. "I look at my father and how he was able to keep four kids fed and clothed and still managed to find time to spend with us," Will said. RELATED VIDEO: Will Smith Examines the Dangers of Football in New Trailer for 'Concussion' The actor grew up with his dad, the owner of a refrigeration firm, mom Caroline, and three siblings in West Philadelphia.