The stunning demise of ‘Friday’ and ‘The Boondocks’ star John Witherspoon introduced a tear to Wendy Williams’ eye, and he or she honored the leisure icon whereas sending like to his household throughout this heartbreaking time.
John Witherspoon — the actor who performed John “Pops” Williams on The Wayans Bros. sitcom, Willie Jones within the Friday movies, and because the voice of Robert “Granddad” Freeman on The Boondocks — handed away on Oct. 30 at age 77. The sudden loss hit Wendy Williams exhausting, who cried when relaying the information on The Wendy Williams Present. “I didn’t know him know him, however he’d been on my radio present,” she instructed the viewers. “He’d been right here on the TV present. We didn’t hear that he was sick. He died instantly.”
“He was Pops!” she stated. “He was in Boomerang.” Wendy paused to wipe away her tears (“I don’t need to mess up my make-up, so I’ll stick utilizing a [q-tip as an alternative of a tissue”) earlier than persevering with her loving tribute to the Witherspoon. “He was solely 77 years previous, and we by no means noticed him sickly. He was with it and simply…that man. So, shout-out to his spouse, to his two sons, and the remainder of his household and pals. Relaxation in peace John Witherspoon.”
“It's with deepest sorrow that we are able to verify our beloved husband and father, John Witherspoon, one of many hardest working males in present enterprise, died at the moment at his house in Sherman Oaks on the age of 77,” Witherspoon’s household stated in an announcement to Deadline. “He's survived by his spouse Angela, and his sons JD, Alexander, and a big household. We're all in shock, please give us a minute for a second in privateness and we'll rejoice his life and his work collectively. John used to say, ‘I’m no huge deal’, however he was an enormous deal to us.” The reason for John’s demise was not made instantly identified.
Born John Weatherspoon in Detroit in 1942, John started a stand-up comedy profession within the late 1970s. He additionally pursued appearing with a number of guest-starring roles on exhibits like Good Occasions, and Barnaby Jones. He additionally appeared in films like Vampire In Brooklyn, The Girls Man, I’m Gonna Get You Sucka, and the beforehand talked about Friday sequence. Nevertheless, his past love was all the time stand-up, and he continued to carry out usually at comedy golf equipment internationally.
Tributes started pouring in after the information of John’s demise broke. “I’m unhappy. Damaged. Harm.. but extraordinarily grateful to God that i acquired to spend 5 years of my life working with one of many funniest sweetest wisest humblest loving man @johnnywitherspoon,” Marlon Wayans, who co-created The Wayans Bros. present, wrote on Instagram, per Deadline. “You have been my television dad and my mentor and my pal. I miss you already.” “I’m devastated over the passing of John Witherspoon,” wrote Ice Dice. “Life received’t be as humorous with out him.”