Actor/Musician Will Smith, Dead At 37
Sunday, June 25th, 2006 Posted: 10:42 PM EST (22:42 GMT)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (AP) -- Will Smith, the famous actor and musican, has died late Sunday night in his home town of Philadelphia.
Smith, 37, was killed in a car accident late in the evening. Smith was stuck by a taxi cab while speaking with his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, the cab was speeding and came onto the sidewalk striking Smith and throwing im face first against the windshield. Smith was killed instantly.
One eyewitness who will remain nameless stated "The last thing he saw was the dice on the mirror".
"This is a long sad day for us." Wayne Phillips Philadelphia cheif of police said.
Will Smith was the second of four children of Caroline and Willard Smith Sr. He grew up in middle class West Philadelphia and got the nickname 'Prince' because of the way he could charm his way out of trouble. Pursuing music, he met Jeff Townes at a party and they soon began performing together as DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. After his music sales stated to slide Will began an acting career on the hit TV Show "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Will basically played himself; a street-smart West Philly kid transplanted to Beverly Hills. The series lasted 6 years. During that time, he ventured into movies where the critics took note of him. In 1996 he had a huge hit with the Blockbuster Independence Day where he played the alien-battling Marine Corps Captain Steven Hiller.
The accident was a hit and run and the perpitrator is still at large. According to eyewitnesses the licensce plate on the vehicle said "FRESH".