John Witherspoon Passes Away
People are currently waking up to sad news about a beloved actor-comedian. John Witherspoon known for reprising roles like Pops in the “Friday” franchise, has passed away. The news was confirmed by his family members who announced that he “died suddenly” at home.
“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 released to 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 also voiced Gramps on “The Boondocks” and appeared in numerous films, including Hollywood Shuffle, Boomerang, Vampire in Brooklyn, The Ladies Man and Fakin’ Da Funk and famously starred in “The Wayans Bros.” sitcom.
He was 77-years-old.
R.I.P. John Witherspoon.