I was hesitant to write this without confirmation. I didn’t want it to be true… I was holding out hope and waiting for more information before posting because the last thing I wanted to do was announce this and be wrong… But it is true- The Family of John Witherspoon confirmed to Deadline in a statement that: “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.”
The Beloved Actor is near and dear to our hearts As Craig’s Pops in Friday, Shawn and Marlons Pops on The Wayans Brothers sitcom and Also The Grandfather of Huey and Riley on Boondocks.
Today we will remember Pops for his life with a few of his most memorable scenes. He was One of the funniest improvisational actors of our time and his catch phrases live on till this day.
Rest in Power to an actor we loved like a family member. We lost a real one and a talented one today… we will celebrate his memory through our laughter and quotes. His legacy will live on through his work. Our Hearts are with the family of John Witherspoon Right Now.