R.I.P: John "Pops" Witherspoon Passes Away at 77

Written by: Jocelyn A. Gonzalez

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Rest in peace to the late John Witherspoon who passed away today at the age of 77. The actor/comedian was best known for his roles in the hit comedy films Friday, Next Friday and Little Man.

Witherspoon began his career in stand up comedy in the late 70’s, and later transitioned into acting with his first feature film debut in The Jazz Singer. From there, he continued to make guest appearances on TV series such as The Wayans Bros. and The Tracy Morgan Show — where he was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series during the 2004 BET awards.

While the cause of death is still unconfirmed, the legacy he left behind is certain. People would describe the actor as nice and gracious. His mission was to win the hearts of families and make people laugh through his multiple roles on screen.

As a black actor who played the funny, lovable man on television, many millennials who grew up watching their favorite shows could identify with his character. He will be missed both on and off screen.

“He was a legend in the entertainment industry and father figure to all who watched him over the years.” — the Witherspoon family.