Family, friends, fans share sorrow over death of actor John Witherspoon

Best known for playing Ice Cube’s father in the ‘Friday’ films, Witherspoon also was on ‘Boondocks,’ ‘The Wayans Bros’ and more

Actor-comedian John Witherspoon has died at age 77. He is probably best known for playing Ice Cube's father in the "Friday" films. "Life won't be as funny without him," Ice Cube said in a Twitter post late Tuesday. He also appeared on "The Wayans Bros." television series and voiced the grandfather in "The Boondocks" animated series. Witherspoon, who was born on Jan. 27, 1942, is survived by his wife, Angela, and sons JD and Alexander.

When six of the top 10 trending topics on Twitter are about John Witherspoon, it’s not a stretch to say the actor and comedian was beloved.

Witherspoon, best known for playing Ice Cube’s father in the “Friday” movies, died late Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 77.

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Family, friends and entertainers took to social media to express their sadness and shock.

Witherspoon’s death also affected his fans, who shared favorite scenes and sayings of the actor.