Unfortunately, he was still kinda out there in the streets hustling, wasn’t doing well, started getting on 𝘀𝘂𝗯𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲𝘀,” White revealed.
The oldest son of actor Michael Jai White 𝓭𝓲𝓮d from coronavirus “just a few months ago” at age 38.
Speaking to VladTV, White opened up about the tragic news, noting that he had his son when he was 15 years old and the two had “grown up together.”
He admitted that his son grew up with the “street element,” which contributed to his eventual 𝖉𝖊𝖆𝖙𝖍.
“Unfortunately, he was still kinda out there in the streets hustling, wasn’t doing well, started getting on substances,” White shared. “He’d come out, go back in, all that type of stuff.”
White said his son was in the hospital for a while, and “COVID was waiting for him… That was the knockout blow,” he added.
White’s son had a compromised immune system due to 𝙨𝙪𝙗𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚 𝙖𝙗𝙪𝙨𝙚, and he wasn’t vaccinated against the coronavirus.
“He never shook the streets,” he said. “That was his thing.”
Despite his best efforts to help his son, the Black Dynamite star said, “ultimately, it’s up to that person, especially if it’s a grown person.”
White’s oldest son reportedly leaves behind six children.
White himself has five other children, including kids from his wife Gillian’s previous relationship. The couple wed in 2015, 18 years after they first met.
COVID-19 related 𝖉𝖊𝖆𝖙𝖍s in the United States are steadily on the rise as the delta variant continues to spread rapidly. To date, more than 600,000 Americans have 𝓭𝓲𝓮d of the virus.
While the virus is still predominantly 𝙠𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜 older Americans and 𝖉𝖊𝖆𝖙𝖍 among those in their 30s like White’s son remains rare in comparison, there have been nearly 17,000 𝖉𝖊𝖆𝖙𝖍s of those aged 45 or younger since the start of the pandemic.
The coronavirus has 𝙠𝙞𝙡𝙡ed a majority of 𝙒𝙝𝙞𝙩𝙚 Americans, however, 𝘽𝙡𝙖𝙘𝙠 and Hispanic Americans are disproportionately 𝙙𝙮𝙞𝙣𝙜 of the virus. To date, more than 91,000 Black Americans have 𝙙𝙞𝙚𝙙 of COVID-19 and more than 110,000 were Hispanic, according to data from the CDC.