Fan Theory Suggests That Will Was Dead The Entire Time On 'The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air'

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air fans, you may want to sit down for this, because this may blow your mind.

There's a fan theory circulating around the internet that's pretty, well, disturbing.

Ready for this?

Some theorists believe that Will is actually dead the whole time. While most fan theories don't have a leg to stand on, this one does. Here's some proof...

*The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air* was one of the most iconic sitcoms of the '90s.

The series, which was on the air from 1990-1996, helped make Will Smith a household name.

It revolved around Smith moving from Philadelphia to his aunt and uncle’s mansion in Bel-Air after he got into a fight and his mom got scared.

You can't listen to its theme song without singing (or dancing!) along!

And don't even get us started on the fashion!

It was so iconic that Will Smith even created a fashion line inspired by it in 2019.

But there are some downsides to a show being so iconic.

This, of course, has to do with it becoming the subject of some pretty wild fan theories.

One of the most insane ones has to do with Will being dead the whole time...

Yep, it's crazy.


But... not entirely impossible. You see, this fan theory has depth.

It all starts with the show's theme song. Catchy as it may be, it might give fans some clues.

The opening lyric states that Will got in “One little fight and [his] mom got scared."

This begs the question: what if this "little fight" was actually Will being killed?

This would mean that Bel-Air is actually the afterlife.

Spooky, I know. But stay with us.

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This would then mean that the cab driver is actually God. After all, the cab driver drives him right up to the pearly gates of the mansion in Bel-Air.

Luxury real estate is practically heaven to some people.

By this train of thought, this would mean that the mansion in Bel-Air is heaven.

Just look at the house's perfect aesthetic. How could this not be heaven??

Plus, fans believe that when Will gets shot in one episode, this was actually him coming to terms with him getting shot in West Philly.

Some fans also believe that the mansion could be an in-between place where Will needs to work on some stuff before he can move on to heaven.


If that's the case, maybe The Lovely Bones got its idea about the In-Between place from this show?

Another clue that supports the theory that Will is dead is the fact that we rarely get to see Will's parents.


While his parents do show up sometimes, it happens so sporadically that fans are adding that little detail to this insane theory.

They believe that anytime they visit the mansion, it's symbolic for them going to go and visit Will's grave.

This might explain why Will’s dad Lou shows up in the episode "Papa’s Got a Brand New Excuse" after a fourteen-year absence.

Maybe he finally heard about Will's death and finally showed up?

But back to the lyrics. A few lines could support the fact that Will was actually in a coma before he died.

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"I begged and pleaded with her day after day; But she packed my suitcase and sent me on my way; She gave me a kiss and then she gave me my ticket; Put my Walkman on and said I might as well kick it."

In addition to this, the lyrics that follow allude to Will wondering whether he will make it into heaven or not:


"Is this the type of place that they just send this cool cat? I don't think so I'll see when I get there; I hope they're prepared for the prince of Bel-Air."

Finally, fans believe that DJ Jazzy Jeff is often thrown out of the mansion for a reason.

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While Will's best friend was known to cause mischief, fans believe that he gets thrown out a lot because he was actually in the hospital, on the verge of death.

He makes short trips to the mansion (heaven) because he briefly dies and then leaves whenever he's resuscitated.

While this fan theory seems plausible with all this evidence stacked against it, one of the show's cast members debunked it in 2015.

"It’s just, that’s so far-fetched you just laugh... To see someone take all of that stuff and almost create a whole world around it," Jeffery Townes who played Jazzy Jeff told the Huffington Post in 2015.

"You’re kind of like, ‘Wow, it wasn't that deep, but that’s amazing that their brain took it there.'"


That's that, folks.

What do you think about this fan theory? Could it be true? Let us know in the comments.