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'Friday' Actor-Comedian John Witherspoon Dies at 77

Actor-comedian John Witherspoon, who memorably played Ice Cube’s father in the “Friday” films, has died. He was 77.

Witherspoon’s manager Alex Goodman confirmed late Tuesday that Witherspoon died in Los Angeles. No cause of death was released.

The actor had a prolific career, appearing in three 'Friday' films, appearing on 'The Wayans Bros.' television series and voicing the grandfather in 'The Boondocks' animated series.

A statement from Witherspoon's family posted on his official Twitter account confirmed that the comedian had died.

"It is with deep sadness we have to tweet this, but our husband & father John Witherspoon 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 & forever."  

Witherspoon, who was born on Jan. 27, 1942, is survived by his wife, Angela, and sons JD and Alexander.


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