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Detroit actor and stand-up veteran, John Witherspoon, has passed away at the age of 77. His family confirmed the news that Witherspoon died suddenly at his home today to Deadline.

“It is with deepest sorrow that we can confirm our beloved husband and father, John Witherspoon, one of the hardest working men in show business, died today at his home in Sherman Oaks at the age of 77,” the actor’s family said in a statement. “We are all in shock, please give us a minute for a moment in privacy and we will celebrate his life and his work together. John used to say ‘I’m no big deal’, but he was huge deal to us.” He is survived by his wife Angela, and his sons JD, Alexander.

Witherspoon is perhaps best know for his role in the Friday movies and for voicing Robert Jebediah “Grandad” Freeman in The Boondocks. Just earlier this year Witherspoon confirmed he would be working on a reboot of the series. Witherspoon is also well known for his long-running work as a comedian. Even at 77, Witherspoon continued to perform as a stand-up comic and had several dates coming up at the time of his death.

Words by Sarah Osei
Staff Writer