Comedian and 'Friday' Actor John Witherspoon Has Died Aged 77 | 22 Words

The tragic news has just come in that John Witherspoon passed away at his family home yesterday on the 29th of October.

The comedian and actor, who was best known for his roles in the Friday movie franchise, made a huge impact in the world of showbiz and music, and it's safe to say that his death has very much, come as a shock.

Keep scrolling to learn more about the actor's death and the incredible life that he has lead...

John Witherspoon passed away yesterday.

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Witherspoon's family announced his sudden death in his Sherman Oaks home on the 29th of October.

He was seventy-seven-years-old.

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The family statement read: "It is with deep sadness we have to tweet this, but our husband and father 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."

He was born in Detroit, 1942, as John Weatherspoon.

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But he changed his surname when he embarked upon a stand-up comedy career.

He went on to star in numerous movies...

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Witherspoon made his feature movie debut in 1980 in The Jazz Singer, later appearing in films like Vampire In Brooklyn, Hollywood Shuffle, Boomerang, I'm Gonna Get Your Sucka, Soul Plane, The Meteor Man, and many more.

But what he was made the most famous for...

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His roles in the Friday movie franchises, with the first being in 1995.

Friday was hugely successful...

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He played curmudgeonly Mr. Willie Jones opposite Ice Cube and Chris Tucker, and he would later go on to star in the sequel Next Friday in 2000 and the sequel Friday After Next in 2002.

Witherspoon had planned to appear in the forthcoming Friday installment...

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Last Friday is currently in pre-production and it was reported that Ice Cube had already written the scripts, but Witherspoon sadly never got to film the project.

He has left behind his wife and 2 children...

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He had Alexander and John David Witherspoon with his wife, Angela Robinson-Witherspoon.

The family needs time to grieve.

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"It is with the deepest sorrow that we can confirm our beloved husband and father, John Witherspoon, one of the hardest working men in show business, died today," the actor's family also told Deadline in a statement. His cause of death is currently unknown.

A tragic and heartbreaking loss...

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"We are all in shock, please give us a minute for a moment in privacy and we will celebrate his life and his work together," the statement went on.

"John used to say "I’m no big deal," but he was a huge deal to us," they continued.

Rest in peace, John Witherspoon.