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30 October 2019 08:42

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The video will start in 8 Cancel Get the biggest daily stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email US actor and comedian John Witherspoon has died at the age of 77, his family has said. Witherspoon, best known for his role in the Friday series of films, died at his home in Los Angeles on Tuesday, according to his family. A statement released on his Twitter account said: "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 in Detroit, Michigan, started his career as a stand-up comedian and began acting in the 1970s.

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One of his most popular TV roles was in 1990s comedy series The Wayans Bros, in which he played Pops, the on-screen father of Shawn and Marlon Wayans. He was best-known for playing the grumpy father of rapper Ice Cube in the 1995 comedy Friday. He reprised the role in sequels Next Friday and Friday After Next. Shortly after news of Witherspoon's death emerged, Oscar-winning actress Regina King, who starred alongside him in Friday, paid tribute. She tweeted: "My dad, my grandpa, my comedic inspiration!

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I love you Spoons! Rest In Paradise, King." Ice Cube also tweeted, writing: "I'm devastated over the passing of John Witherspoon. Life won't be as funny without him." Witherspoon is survived by his wife Angela, and sons JD and Alexander. About Your Privacy on this Site Welcome! Meredith collects data to deliver the best content, services, and personalized digital ads. We partner with third party advertisers, who may use tracking technologies to collect information about your activity on sites and applications across devices, both on our sites and across the Internet. You always have the choice to experience our sites without personalized advertising based on your web browsing activity by visiting the DAA's Consumer Choice page, the NAI's website, and/or the EU online choices page, from each of your browsers or devices. To avoid personalized advertising based on your mobile app activity, you can install the DAA's AppChoices app here. You can find much more information about your privacy choices in our privacy policy. You can make a Data Subject Request at any time. Even if you choose not to have your activity tracked by third parties for advertising services, you will still see non-personalized ads on our site. By clicking continue below and using our sites or applications, you agree that we and our third party advertisers can: