Comedian and popular actor John Witherspoon is dead. He died at 77. The actor known for his television series ‘Next Friday, he died at his home on Wednesday morning. His death was announced in a statement published by the Witherspoon family.
The statement says: “It is with the deepest pain that we can confirm that our beloved husband and father, John Witherspoon, one of the most hardworking men in the entertainment world, died today at his home in Sherman Oaks at the age of 77.
“He is survived by his wife Angela and their children JD, Alexander and a large family. We are all in shock, please give us a minute of privacy, and we will celebrate your life and your work together. John used to say, “I’m not a big deal,” but it was essential to us. ”
Witherspoon was born in Detroit in 1942 and launched a stand-up comedy career and began acting in the late 1970s.
Witherspoon was perhaps best known for his role as the grumpy dad of Ice Cube on Friday. He also expressed Gramps in the cult series, “The Boondocks.”