Richard Williams had been in the headlines some months ago following the release of Will Smith‘s King Richard. Richard is the father of Venus and Serena Williams and the movie tells the story of how he coached his daughters into two of the greatest tennis players of all time.
Many fans were confused as to whether Richard is still alive after the release of King Richard. Lots of people were concerned about his health and wondered if he is still alive. Are you curious to know whether he is still alive? If you are, you should continue reading this article as we will tell you everything you need to know about him in this article.
Is Richard Williams still alive?
There had been a series of misunderstandings on social media following the release of King Richard on the 19th of November. Many fans were confused as to whether Williams was alive due to rumors.
Talking about rumors, it had first started in response to several posts relating the movie as a form of ‘tribute’ which suggested that he had passed away. But the rumors were quickly ended by the users who were quick to correct any interpretation that Williams has died. The SNY Anchor Chris Williamson also tweeted, “Richard Williams is still alive btw.”
As reported by the New York Times, The 80-year-old man, Richard Dove William Jr, is still alive but his health is in poor condition.
In July 2016, the father and coach of Venus and Serena suffered a major stroke, and his wife stated that his condition was stable at that time. According to the court papers relating to a 2019 case against his former wife, Lakeisha, he also developed a neurological condition that is impacting his ability to speak.
Richard was reported to have had two strokes this year and it looks like his health is getting worse. At the present, he is under the care of his son, namely Chavoita Lesane.
Where is Richard Williams now?
As mentioned above, he is currently under his son Chavoita’s care and resides in Atlanta. Since 2017, he had been involved in a prolonged legal battle with his third wife Lakeisha Williams after they filed for divorce.
As a result, Lakeisha has filed for bankruptcy in hopes of saving the Williams family home in Palm Beach, Florida. Unfortunately, the divorce between the two hasn’t been finalized yet. Recently, Lakeisha Williams filed a motion to prevent it from going through.
But it seems that they have finally reconciled as per the writing of her attorney Sara Lawerence in court documents. Since August 2019, there hasn’t been much development in the divorce proceedings.
Her attorney wrote in court papers, “The wife believes that the parties have reconciled and have engaged in an active marital life including having regular weekly sexual relations including but not limited to on January 9, 2022, the night before filing this motion.”
Talking about financial issues, her attorney also wrote, “The wife has a need for the husband to pay these fees as he has a superior ability to pay from the regular and steady reimbursement of his expenses by his famous and very rich daughters Serena and Venus Williams.”
“The husband is the father of Venus and Serena Williams and the financial condition of the parties’ finances are quite complicated regarding income earned and/or receipt/payment of regular support income from Serena and/or Venus Williams for their father.”
Richard’s family’s opposition to Will Smith slapping Chris Rock
Will Smith was currently trending over the internet for slapping hos Chris Rock during the Academy Awards ceremony. It is revealed by Richard’s son and spokesperson LeSane that Richard Willams’ family is opposed to Will Smith’s action.
He said, “We don’t know all the details of what happened, but we don’t condone anyone hitting anyone unless it’s in self-defense.”
The film King Richard has elevated the respect many had for Richard William. Will Smith really did well in the lead role. Before the oscar event, he was praised by the fans and critics for his acting.
The Guardian stated, “Smith is excellent, fully inhabiting the character in one of the only roles to date that has required him to fully shed his habitual gloss of Will Smith charm.”
Similarly, there were lots of media outlets praising Will Smith and some even predicted that he would be nominated for the Oscar award.