American star, John Witherspoon dead at 77

Popular American actor John Witherspoon has passed away at the age of 77.

According to reports, the ‘Boondocks’ voice actor gave up the ghost during the early hours of Wednesday, October 30.

His family members revealed that he died in his hometown, Sherman Oaks.

“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 at his home in Sherman Oaks at the age of 77,” the statement reads.

John Witherspoon was survived by a wife, Angela and two sons, JD and Alexander.

Born in Detroit in 1942, John Witherspoon started off his comedy career in the 1970s and began acting within that same period. He went on to star in several movies including Hollywood ShuffleBoomerangVampire in BrooklynI’m Gonna Get You SuckaBird, and The Meteor Man.


John Witherspoon became famous and a household name after he starred in the movie ‘Friday‘ alongside Ice Cube and Chris Talker. He went on to star in the sequel years after, ‘Next Friday.’


He was popularly known for being the father (Pops) to the Wayan brothers in their sitcom, ‘The Wayans Brothers.’  He also starred in a couple of comedy series such as The Tracy Morgan ShowThe First Family, and Black Jesus.

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