John Witherspoon passes away at 77

Oct 30, 2019 10:01

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
- John Witherspoon (@John_POPS_Spoon) October 30, 2019
  • Best known for playing Pops on "The Wayans Bros", Willie Jones (Ice Cube's dad) in the Friday movies, the angry neighbor in House Party, and Granddad in "The Boondocks". His final appearances were voice roles on "Black Jesus" and "Bojack Horseman". Was scheduled to be in the upcoming Last Friday.
  • No cause of death published, just that it was sudden. 

Regina King:

My dad, my grandpa, my comedic inspiration! I love you Spoons! Rest In Paradise, King
- Regina King (@ReginaKing) October 30, 2019

Ice Cube:

I’m devastated over the passing of John Witherspoon. Life won’t be as funny without him.
- Ice Cube (@icecube) October 30, 2019

Marlon Wayans:

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I’m sad. Broken. Hurt.. yet extremely grateful to God that i got to spend 5 years of my life working with one of the funniest sweetest wisest humblest loving man @johnnywitherspoon you were my tv dad and my mentor and my friend. I miss you already. Something don’t feel right. This is heavy on my heart. Anyone that knows me knows how much i love pops. You have a strong wife and great kids. What an amazing family. Your boys damn near grew up on the #WayansBros set they’ll always be like my little brothers and sons. i will pass on all the jewels that you bestowed on to us. Thank you God for the many many many laughs that we shared on and off the set. You got “all the keys 🔑 “ and i know you got one to heaven’s gate. Anytime i want to laugh or to see you I’m gonna put on a episode of wayans bros and laugh until i cry. I miss already.... hope your dancing in heaven with ugly white shoes on. “Pops pops sugar pops”. #ripjohnwitherspoon #mysecondpops

A post shared by Marlon Wayans (@marlonwayans) on Oct 29, 2019 at 11:39pm PDT

Jamie Foxx:

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No matter when they go it’s always too soon… RIP to a real legend… You will be missed but never forgotten… @johnnywitherspoon all the love in the world to your legacy and to your family… Got real tears in my eyes on this one… But watching this clip makes me LOL 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

A post shared by Jamie Foxx (@iamjamiefoxx) on Oct 30, 2019 at 12:05am PDT

First post here. This one got me; this guy's voice and style of comedy was so distinctive, and apparently he was a gem in person. RIP.

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