Actor and comedian John Witherspoon, who is best known for his role as father of Ice Cube in Friday's films, died at the age of 77, his family said in a statement on Tuesday.
His manager Alex Goodman told the Associated Press that Witherspoon had died at his home in Los Angeles late Tuesday. No cause of death was released. The family said in a statement to Deadline that Witherspoon, who was born Jan. 27, 1942, survived by his wife Angela and sons JD and Alexander and a very large family.
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"We are all in shock, please give us some privacy and celebrate his life and work. John said "I'm not a big deal," but he treated us very much, "the statement said. The family also announced the death of Witherspoon on Twitter from his official Twitter account early Wednesday.
"He was a legend in the entertainment industry and a father figure to all who watched him over the years. We love you "POPS" forever and ever, "they said.
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His most recognizable role is "Pops", the father of the Ice Cube in the comedy comedy Friday and his two sequels. He played a rude but kind father, trying to guide his son to be better. Witherspoon's movie roles also include "The Vampire in Brooklyn" and "Boomerang," and he was a frequent guest on "The Late Show with David Letterman."
"I am devastated by the passing of John Witherspoon. Life won't be so much fun without it, "Ice Cube said on Twitter Tuesday.
Regina King, who appeared as Witherspoon's daughter on Friday and also voiced her two grandchildren on The Boondocks, called it "her comedic inspiration" on Twitter.
"My father, my grandfather, my comedian is an inspiration! I love you spoons! Rest in paradise, King, ”she wrote early Wednesday.
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J.. D. Witherspoon, the actor's son, tweeted that he was happy for all the great times he and his father had together.
"We would bake each other as pets more than father and son, and I really liked that. He was my best friend and my idol," JD Witherspoon reports. "Love Dad … I will miss you."
The Associated Press presented this report.