Smith’s father, Ron, was living in a care home with dementia six years ago, the football club said in a statement, adding that he had contracted Covid-19 four weeks ago and died at the hospital.
After being appointed head coach in 2018, Smith helped Vima advance to the Premier League during his first season in charge. It is the 19th time in the Premier League that his game has been suspended due to the epidemic.
“A lifelong supporter, Ron has been an employee of Villa Park for many years and has shown his love for his child towards the club,” a statement from Villa’s website said.
“In addition to being a regular at home games, Ron was there when Villa won the European Cup in Rotterdam in May 1983, the biggest day was there.
“Everyone at the football club is thinking about Dean and his family at this critical time and will ask for respect for family privacy.”
According to a study by Johns Hopkins University, the United Kingdom has been hit by the deadliest coronavirus outbreak in Europe, with more than 37,500 people dying.
On Wednesday, Premier League shareholders voted unanimously to resume communication training, a step towards the league’s return.