“It is with deep sadness we have to tweet this, but our husband and father John Witherspoon has passed away,” said the tweet, which was sent from Witherspooon’s official Twitter account. “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 and forever.” Witherspoon’s Twitter bio now notes that his eldest son, comedian and actor J.D Witherspoon, will take over his father’s account and keep it active in his memory.
Fans and friends have flooded social media with expressions of sadness and praise for his long career in film and television. Witherspoon created many iconic characters, including Granddad on “The Boondocks,” Mr. Jones in “Friday” and Lloyd on “Black Jesus.”
So…my Dad died today & honestly I’m not sure how to feel. I’m sad, but I’m also happy 4 all the great times we had together. We’d roast each other like homies more than Father & Son, and I really liked that. He was my best friend & my idol.— J.D. (@jdwitherspoon) October 30, 2019
Love U Dad…I’ll miss u.
— J.D. pic.twitter.com/zvzep5S11I
I’m devastated over the passing of John Witherspoon. Life won’t be as funny without him. pic.twitter.com/gtmiZiEppP— Ice Cube (@icecube) October 30, 2019
? This day began with such joy.— Arsenio Hall (@ArsenioHall) October 30, 2019
And it’s ending with this heart wrenching news of John Witherspoon’s passing. One of our comic brothers. ? RIP pic.twitter.com/efSqqw6BHJ
Do the Pops ! ?? RIH pic.twitter.com/KrjcadnEpr— Dezii Uchiha ? (@ayethtsDezii) October 30, 2019
Yo, this really really hurt me. Mr. Witherspoon provided me and so many others countless laughs. Rest In Power, Pops? pic.twitter.com/lIBKUGlZjx— Sir Stygian the High-man being (@StygianHaven) October 30, 2019
My condolences to John Witherspoon’s Family & all those he called friend— What’s the Procedure When You’re Being Robbed (@BellaElla562) October 30, 2019
“Pops” made us cry laughing while imparting real life wisdom that made us think deeper, that’s a real one!
Tomorrow,I will “cooordinate” just as *Mr. Jackson* taught me to-so many years ago???
RIP Pops pic.twitter.com/CKJ5JkIttw
Honor Witherspoon’s legacy with a laugh today via these clips of him at work.
Witherspoon in his element, on stage:
Witherspoon discusses the films he had the most fun working on:
Witherspoon gives his audience some important instructions: