Comedian John Witherspoon dies at 77
Comedian John Witherspoon has died at 77.
His family made the announcement through his Twitter page on Wednesday morning.
“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 post reads.
RIP John Witherspoon aka Granddad pic.twitter.com/JkUbxwPxfK
— JAGOATBY BRISSETT (@DontUwannaFonte) October 30, 2019
Prolly my favorite John Witherspoon moment right here, big RIP )))): pic.twitter.com/RssS3vJSNN
— my name is my name (@lilhafdead) October 30, 2019
I’m absolutely shattered at the news of my great friend John Witherspoon passing. May love surround his entire family and fan base – a comedy legend we’ll never forget. 🙏💜 pic.twitter.com/PqO0nysZTj
— Jackée Harry (@JackeeHarry) October 30, 2019
John Witherspoon delivering one of the most legendary lines in film history pic.twitter.com/RhxgqdJEJh
— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) October 30, 2019
His son, J.D. Witherspoon, also posted photos with the caption: “So…my Dad died today & honestly I’m not sure how to feel. I’m sad, but I’m also happy 4 all the great times we had together. We’d roast each other like homies more than Father & Son, and I really liked that. He was my best friend & my idol. Love U Dad…I’ll miss u.”
Witherspoon is said to have died at his home in Sherman Oaks, California.
He will be remembered for popular shows such as Vampire in Brooklyn and Dr. Dolittle 2, as well as The Tracy Morgan Show and Little Man.
Witherspoon also appeared on series such as The Wayans Bros, The First Family, and The Boondocks, in which EW said he reunited with his Friday costar Regina King.
He is survived by his wife Angela and sons J.D. and Alexander.
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