Veteran American actor and comedian, John Witherspoon has died at the age of 77. His family announced this today via his own Twitter handle.
“It is with deep sadness we have to tweet this, but our husband and 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 and forever”, the family tweeted.
The family went ahead to announce that the eldest son of the comedian, JD Witherspoon will run the official twitter account of the late comedian.
John Witherspoon suddenly died in his home, on Wednesday, 30th of October 2019.
At age 77, he continued to perform regularly and had several gigs coming up at the time of his death
Meet John Witherspoon
John Witherspoon was born in Detroit in 1942 as John Weatherspoon. He launched a stand-up comedy career and began acting in the late 1970s.
His first television appearance was on the 1970s CBS television show Barnaby Jones, playing a camp counselor for drug addicted youth.
Subsequent performances were on Good Times, What’s Happening!! and The Incredible Hulk. In 1977, he became a regular on the series The Richard Pryor Show, an NBC American comedy series.
In 1981, he appeared in Hill Street Blues, an NBC police drama, as a businessman who tries to buy a hotdog from an undercover Detective Belker.
He appeared in numerous films, including Hollywood Shuffle, Boomerang, Vampire in Brooklyn, The Ladies Man and Fakin’ Da Funk.
Witherspoon was best known for his role as Ice Cube’s grumpy dad in the 1995 breakout hit Friday.
He also appeared in the sequels Next Friday and Friday After Next, and was expected to reprise his role in the final installment of the franchise titled Last Friday.
He is survived by his wife Angela, and his sons JD, Alexander, and a large family.