FILE PHOTO: Actor John Witherspoon poses on the premiere of his new comedy movie “Little Man” in Los Angeles July 7, 2006. The movie opens within the U.S. July 14. REUTERS/Fred Prouser//File Picture
(Reuters) – Actor John Witherspoon, who starred alongside rapper Ice Dice within the hit “Friday” comedy film franchise, died on Tuesday on the age of 77, his household mentioned.
“We love you “POPS” at all times and without end,” his household mentioned on his Twitter account, referring to a different of his roles – John ‘Pops’ Williams on the long-running sitcom The Wayans Bros.
“He was a Legend within the leisure trade, and a father determine to all who watched him over time,” the posting added.
Celebrities together with Likelihood The Rapper, actress Jackée Harry and director Judd Apatow went on-line to pay tribute to the Detroit, Michigan-born actor and comic.
“My dad, my grandpa, my comedic inspiration! I like you Spoons! Relaxation In Paradise, King,” Academy Award-winning actress Regina King tweeted.
Witherspoon was finest recognized for his recurring function as Ice Dice’s father within the comedy trilogy “Friday,” “Subsequent Friday” and “Friday After Subsequent” motion pictures.
Witherspoon’s supervisor and household couldn’t be reached for additional remark. There have been no rapid particulars on the reason for his loss of life.
Reporting by Subrat Patnaik in Bengaluru; Modifying by Andrew Heavens