Report: Comedian John Witherspoon Dead at 77

Published: Wednesday 30th Oct 2019 by Rashad

In news that can only be described as tragic, actor-comedian John Witherspoon – best known for his fatherly roles on the ‘Friday’ franchise and ‘The Wayans Bros.’ television sitcom – passed away Tuesday (October 29).

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John Witherspoon, an actor-comedian who for decades made audiences laugh in television shows and films, including the hit Friday franchise, died suddenly at his home today. He was 77.

“It is with deepest sorrow that we can confirm our beloved husband and father, John Witherspoon, one of the hardest working men in show business, died today at his home in Sherman Oaks at the age of 77,” Witherspoon’s family said in a statement to Deadline. “He is survived by his wife Angela, and his sons JD, Alexander, and a large family. 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. John used to say ‘I’m no big deal’, but he was huge deal to us.”


In addition to ‘Wayans Bros.’ and the ‘Friday’ franchise, Witherspoon appeared in numerous films including ‘Hollywood Shuffle,’ ‘Boomerang,’ ‘Vampire in Brooklyn,’ ‘I’m Gonna Get You Sucka,’ ‘Bird,’ and ‘The Meteor Man.’

He will be sorely missed.

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  1. KB October 30, 2019

    This hurt me like Whitney did. This man is one of the GREATS ‼️‼️‼️ RIH ♥️

  2. ~The Arcade~ October 30, 2019

    Oh no. This is so sad. Rest in peace John ??

  3. Sean Fr NU in Vegas October 30, 2019

    God Bless Him & Keep his Family in these days He had a storied Glamorous portfolio of accomplishment s And Humore all of his OWN. He will be missed but we all must go unfortunately one day

  4. Da’Veed October 30, 2019

    Wow, rip john

  5. And I … Oop! October 30, 2019

    Light and Love, King! ????️

  6. MessyBoots October 30, 2019

    I always enjoyed his presence on film and TV. Condolences to his family.

    RIP Mr. Witherspoon. ???

  7. Ari October 30, 2019

    Wow, can’t believe he gone, this guy was hilarious, rest in power , thoughts and well wishes to his family

  8. Truth October 30, 2019

    Omg this one hit home

  9. Clarkson October 30, 2019

    He made us laugh when he was alive. He will live on in our hearts. RIP

  10. Kareem October 30, 2019

    Rest in Heaven Mr Witherspoon

  11. October 30, 2019

    Damn…may he R.I.P.

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