John Witherspoon

John Witherspoon, the Detroit-born comedian and actor best known for his role as Willie Jones in 'Friday' and Pops in 'The Wayans Bros.,' has died. The 77-year-old actor passed away in his Sherman Oaks, CA home in the late hours of Oct. 29 and is survived by his wife Angela and two sons, J.D. and Alexander.

John Witherspoon @John_POPS_Spoon 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.   - The Witherspoon Family

Witherspoon boasts an extensive career that spanned multiple generations. He had many a scene-stealing cameo in shows and films such as 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,' 'Soul Plane,' 'The Incredible Hulk,' and so many more. He was also the voice of Robert "Grandad" Freeman in the animated series 'The Boondocks.'  

Witherspoon also made many notable appearances in various music videos and was even featured recently on Chance The Rapper's album, 'The Big Day.'

News of Witherspoon's passing immediately sparked a flood of heartfelt tributes from everyday fans as well as all the celebrities he's worked with over the years:

J.D. @jdwitherspoon Dad died today & honestly I’m not sure how to feel. I’m sad, but I’m also happy 4 all the great times we had together. We’d roast each other like homies more than Father & Son, and I really liked that. He was my best friend & my idol.   Love U Dad...I’ll miss u.  - J.D.

Ice Cube ✔ @icecube I’m devastated over the passing of John Witherspoon. Life won’t be as funny without him.

David Alan Grier ✔ @davidalangrier RIP my brother. You will be missed. Mannnnnnn this is a hard one. John Witherspoon, Beloved 'Friday' and 'The Wayans Bros.' Star, Dead at 77 | Entertainment Tonight …

Arsenio Hall ✔ @ArsenioHall  This day began with such joy.  And it’s ending with this heart wrenching news of John Witherspoon’s passing. One of our comic brothers.  RIP

 Big Boi ✔ @BigBoi #RIP RT @CBSLA: #BREAKING: Actor and comedian John Witherspoon has died. He was 77

 Jermaine Dupri ✔ @jermainedupri

 T.I. ✔ @Tip Glad I had a chance to get to know you King. You’re truly one of the funniest most genuine people anyone could ever meet. Rest easy and God bless your transition.  #RIPSpoon