Beloved actor-comedian John Witherspoon has passed away at age 77. On the morning of Wednesday, October 30, it was announced that the Friday star had passed in his home located in Sherman Oaks, California.
Witherspoon’s family issued a statement confirming his death.
“It is with deepest sorrow that we can confirm our beloved husband and father, John Witherspoon, one of the hardest working men in show business, died today at his home in Sherman Oaks at the age of 77,” Witherspoon’s family said in a statement, via Deadline. “He is survived by his wife Angela, and his sons JD, Alexander, and a large family. We are all in shock, please give us a minute for a moment in privacy and we will celebrate his life and his work together. John used to say ‘I’m no big deal’, but he was huge deal to us.”
Witherspoon’s son, JD, shared photos on social media along with a statement of his own.
Additional information on Witherspoon’s passing can be seen below.
John Witherspoon Cause of Death: TBD
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It is with deep sadness we have to tweet this, but our husband & father John Witherspoon has passed away. He was a Legend in the entertainment industry, and a father figure to all who watched him over the years. We love you “POPS” always & forever. – The Witherspoon Family
On Wednesday, October 30, the family of John Witherspoon announced that the actor-comedian passed away in his home at age 77. At the time of this posting, an official cause of death has not been confirmed.
Witherspoon was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1942 before he made the decision to jumpstart his stand-up comedy and acting career in the late 1970s.
Witherspoon is best known for playing the role of Ice Cube’s father in the 1995 film Friday, before also appearing in the sequels Next Friday and Friday After Next. He was also the voice of Gramps in the highly-popular animated series The Boondocks, which was set for a revival on HBO Max.
Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Witherspoon during this incredibly difficult time.
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