Popular Hollywood actor and comedian John Witherspoon, who memorably played Ice Cube’s father in the Friday films, has died. He was 77. His manager Alex Goodman confirmed that Witherspoon died in Los Angeles, however, no cause of death was released.
The actor who had a prolific career, co-starring in three Friday films also appeared on The Wayans Bros television series and voiced the grandfather in The Boondocks animated series. His film roles included Vampire in Brooklyn and Boomerang, and he was a frequent guest on Late Show with David Letterman.
For many, his most recognisable role was Pops, Ice Cube’s father in the stoner comedy Friday and its two sequels, playing a crude but affectionate father trying to guide his son to be better.
Reacting to the news of his death, Ice Cube tweeted;
Life won’t be as funny without him.
Regina King, who appeared as Witherspoon’s daughter in Friday and also voiced both of his grandsons in the animated series The Boondocks, called him her “comedic inspiration” on Twitter.
Witherspoon, who was born on 27 January, 1942, is survived by his wife, Angela, and sons JD and Alexander.
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