Actor John Witherspoon Passes Away

As the years go on, we continue to lose more and more actors we grew up with.

Actor and comedian John Witherspoon, who is best known for his role as Ice Cube’s father in the “Friday” films, has died at age 77, his family said in a statement Tuesday. 

His manager Alex Goodman told The Associated Press that Witherspoon died in his Los Angeles home late Tuesday. No cause of death was released. The family said in a statement to Deadline that Witherspoon, who was born Jan. 27, 1942, is survived by his wife, Angela, and sons JD and Alexander and a large extended family.

Witherspoon began his career appearing in 1970s TV shows, such as “Barnaby Jones” and “The Richard Pryor Show,” NPR reported. He also performed on “The Wayans Bros.” television series and voiced the grandfather in “The Boondocks” animated series.

John Witherspoon will be missed.

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