The tragic news came in last week that, on October 29th, John Witherspoon had passed away from a sudden cardiac arrest at his family home.
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.
And, on Tuesday, Witherspoon's life was celebrated as friends, family, and celebrities alike all gathered in Hollywood Hills to say their final goodbyes. Keep scrolling to hear more about the comedian's heartbreaking death, and to see who turned up to his final send off...
John Witherspoon passed away last week.
via: Getty ImagesWitherspoon's family announced his sudden death in his Sherman Oaks home on the 29th of October.
He was seventy-seven-years-old.
via: Getty ImagesThe 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.
via: Getty ImagesBut he changed his surname when he embarked upon a stand-up comedy career.
He went on to star in numerous movies...
via: Getty ImagesWitherspoon 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...
via: Getty ImagesHis 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...
via: Getty ImagesLast 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 their 2 children...
via: Getty ImagesHe had Alexander and John David Witherspoon with his wife, Angela Robinson-Witherspoon.
The family needs time to grieve.
via: Getty Images"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.
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.
And yesterday was the day that John was finally laid to rest.
via: GettyOn Tuesday, November 5th, John's family and friends gathered to say their final goodbyes.
Though there are no official photos from the memorial...
via: GettyTMZ reported that Witherspoon’s open casket was surrounded by white flowers, family photos, and artwork, while a large screen displayed a photo of him at the front of the venue.
Many of Witherspoon's friends spoke at the ceremony...
Preparations underway for John Witherspoon funeral @ForestLawn this afternoon. David Letterman is giving the openin… https://t.co/ZrAbszHupg— Armando Aparicio (@Armando Aparicio)1572990662.0
Letterman and John used to go way back...
Mr. Letterman. John Witherspoon memorial. https://t.co/AGqRdwzGoy— Greg Eagles (@Greg Eagles)1573001122.0
Ice Cube was also one of the speakers...
via: GettyAnd, according to TMZ, he paid an incredibly touching tribute to his life-long friend and partner, saying that he "enjoyed the hell out of John" for as long as he could remember.
He described John as "one of the funniest people I know."
via: Getty“Laughter is the medicine for our mind, body, and soul," the actor and rapper said. “It helps us get through this crazy world, and God bless the ones that make us laugh. John was naturally funny. No matter how bad a script was, [there] was nothing you could do to harness John’s funny. It was going to come through. He was going to turn it into magic and that was his true gift."
Other members of the Friday cast were also spotted at the memorial...And the team was reunited together once again, but this time to pay respects to a member of their family.
Several other famous faces also attended the ceremony...
JOHN WITHERSPOON’S FUNERAL🌴❤️ The stars celebrated John including Garrett Morris, @KymWhitley, @TamalaJones,… https://t.co/0ldMOaO7Aw— Dr. Eric J. Chambers (@Dr. Eric J. Chambers)1573004205.0