Michael Jai White reveals his oldest son has passed away at 38 years of age from COVID-19 – Daily Mail

Michael Jai White is opening up about the loss of his oldest son, who passed away a few months ago at 38 years of age.

The 53-year-old actor had his first son, whose name he didn’t reveal, when he was just 15 years of age, he revealed in a wide-ranging interview with Vlad TV

White revealed that his son had a compromised immune system due to substance abuse, and he had been hospitalized for quite some time before he passed, adding he had not been vaccinated from COVID-19.

Opening up: Michael Jai White is opening up about the loss of his oldest son, who passed away a few months ago at 38 years of age

Opening up: Michael Jai White is opening up about the loss of his oldest son, who passed away a few months ago at 38 years of age

Opening up: Michael Jai White is opening up about the loss of his oldest son, who passed away a few months ago at 38 years of age

Compromised: White revealed that his son had a compromised immune system due to substance abuse, and he had been hospitalized for quite some time before he passed, adding he had not been vaccinated from COVID-19

Compromised: White revealed that his son had a compromised immune system due to substance abuse, and he had been hospitalized for quite some time before he passed, adding he had not been vaccinated from COVID-19

Compromised: White revealed that his son had a compromised immune system due to substance abuse, and he had been hospitalized for quite some time before he passed, adding he had not been vaccinated from COVID-19

White said that both he and his son, ‘grew up at the same time, but unfortunately, the street element was still very much a part of his life growing up.’

While they wouldn’t say exactly when he passed away, the interviewer noted it was ‘a few months ago’ and he was still living in Connecticut, where White grew up.

When asked what he thought when he heard the news, White said, ‘He was in the hospital for awhile, so it wasn’t immediate.’

Grew up: White said that both he and his son, 'grew up at the same time, but unfortunately, the street element was still very much a part of his life growing up'

Grew up: White said that both he and his son, 'grew up at the same time, but unfortunately, the street element was still very much a part of his life growing up'

Grew up: White said that both he and his son, ‘grew up at the same time, but unfortunately, the street element was still very much a part of his life growing up’

‘Unfortunately, he was still like kinda out there in the streets, hustling. He wasn’t doing well. He started getting on substances. He’d come out, go back in, all that stuff,’ White added.

The Black Dynamite star said he tried to help him along the way, ‘but ultimately it’s up to that person, especially if that somebody is a grown person.’

White added that his son, ‘never shook the streets,’ adding, ‘that was his thing,’ and that he, ‘lived the life he wanted to live.’

Hustling: 'Unfortunately, he was still like kinda out there in the streets, hustling. He wasn't doing well. He started getting on substances. He'd come out, go back in, all that stuff,' White added

Hustling: 'Unfortunately, he was still like kinda out there in the streets, hustling. He wasn't doing well. He started getting on substances. He'd come out, go back in, all that stuff,' White added

Hustling: ‘Unfortunately, he was still like kinda out there in the streets, hustling. He wasn’t doing well. He started getting on substances. He’d come out, go back in, all that stuff,’ White added

The actor added that when he got sick and went to the hospital, ‘COVID was waiting for him,’ adding COVID-19, ‘was the knockout blow.’ 

‘He wasn’t doing well and his system was compromised because of the other abuse,’ referring to several years of drug abuse, adding his oldest was also a father of six children.

White also has a daughter named Morgan with Courtney Chatham, who he was married to from 2015 to 2011.

Daughter: White also has a daughter named Morgan with Courtney Chatham, who he was married to from 2015 to 2011

Daughter: White also has a daughter named Morgan with Courtney Chatham, who he was married to from 2015 to 2011

Daughter: White also has a daughter named Morgan with Courtney Chatham, who he was married to from 2015 to 2011

He has been married to Gillian Iliana Waters since 2015, who he has three children with.

White made history as the first Black actor to portray a superhero when he played Al Simmons in the 1997 film Spawn.

He has over 100 film and TV credits to his name, including his portrayal of Mike Tyson in the 1995 HBO movie Tyson, the title character in 2009’s Black Dynamite and Bronze Tiger in the hit CW series Arrow. 

History: White made history as the first Black actor to portray a superhero when he played Al Simmons in the 1997 film Spawn

History: White made history as the first Black actor to portray a superhero when he played Al Simmons in the 1997 film Spawn

History: White made history as the first Black actor to portray a superhero when he played Al Simmons in the 1997 film Spawn