Actor and Comedian John Witherspoon Dies at 77

Prolific actor and comedian John Witherspoon passed away at the age of 77.

“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 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.”

The prolific actor made us laugh for decades in cult classic films including Friday, Boomerang, House Party, Vampire in Brooklyn and I Got the Hookup. Witherspoon portrayed some of TV’s most beloved characters in hit television series like The Boondocks, Black Jesus, The Proud Family, The Tracy Morgan Show, Bojack Horseman, The First Family and of course as “Pops” in the The Wayans Bros.

Following the reports of his death – Celebrities took to social media to share their condolences and cherished memories of the Detroit-born actor.

RIP to a legend.

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