Sadly, we’ve lost one of the greatest to ever do it! John Witherspoon was more than an actor-comedian who made us laugh for decades in TV shows and films. He was a husband, a father, an icon and mentor to many! We all grew to know and love him from hit films such as Friday.
Our favorite “Pops” suddenly passed away last night at his home in Sherman Oaks, CA. He was 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,”
“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 animated series The Boondocks
. Also known for his role as Pops on The Wayans Bros.,
Witherspoon did stints on such comedy series as The Tracy Morgan Show, The First Family
and Black Jesus
. He also was a frequent guest on Late Show with David Letterman.
Even though he was very busy with film and TV, stand up comedy was the center of his passion. He continued to perform regularly and even had several dates booked at the time of his death.
YOU WILL TRULY BE MISSED POPS!!!