Comedian and Actor John Witherspoon Had DiedAt 77

John Witherspoon, best known for his roles in ‘Friday,’ ‘The Wayans Bros.’ and voice of ‘Grandad’ on ‘The Boondocks’ has passed away. Reports says he went under cardiac arrest and passed shortly after.

He was 77 years old.

“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,” his family said in a statement. “He is survived by his wife Angela, and his sons JD, Alexander, and a large family. 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.”

via Deadline:

Comedy great Witherspoon was born in Detroit in 1942 as John Weatherspoon. He launched a stand-up comedy career and began acting in the late 1970s with guest-starring TV roles, making his feature debut in the 1980 The Jazz Singer.. Witherspoon appeared in numerous films, including Hollywood Shuffle, Boomerang, Vampire in Brooklyn, I’m Gonna Get You Sucka, Bird and The Meteor Man.

Witherspoon was perhaps best known for his role as the grump Mr. Jones alongside Ice Cube and Chris Tucker in Friday. He also appeared in the sequel Next Friday, and was expected to reprise his role in the long-gestating final installment of the franchise titled Last Friday.

Witherspoon also voiced Gramps on the cult animated series The Boondocks. He likely would’ve returned for the series’ upcoming revival on  HBO Max. Also known for his role as Pops on The Wayans Brothers, Witherspoon did stints on such comedy series as The Tracy Morgan Show, The First Family and Black Jesus.

Even with his busy film and TV career, standup comedy remained an important part of Witherspoon’s life. At age 77, he continued to perform regularly and had several dates coming up at the time of his death.

Rest In peace Pops . We will miss the legend.

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John Witherspoon Confirms ‘The Boondocks’ Is Returning

According to John Witherspoon, beloved cartoon ‘The Boondocks’ is returning to television for a fifth season.

via Complex:

During a recent interview on Joe Rogan’s podcast, the 77-year-old actor claimed the irreverent animated series would be back for season 5. Witherspoon voiced the character of Robert Jebediah “Granddad” Freeman throughout the show’s four-season run. The Boondocks’ last episode premiered in June 2014 on Adult Swim.

“I’m on the cartoon—what is it? The Boondocks? I didn’t change my voice for The Boondocks,” Witherspoon said when explaining how he stays true to himself with every role. “And they coming back: The Boondocks is coming back … It’s one of the best cartoons I’ve ever been on.”

Adult Swim has not confirmed The Boondocks’ revival, though there has been a lot of speculation about its return in recent years. The series was based on a comic strip by Aaron McGruder and premiered in late 2005. McGruder executive produced the first three seasons, but did not return for the fourth.

“As the world now knows, The Boondocks will be returning for a fourth season, but I will not be returning with it,” he wrote in a statement. “I’d like to extend my gratitude to Sony and Adult Swim for three great seasons. I created The Boondocks two decades ago in college, did the daily comic for six years, and was showrunner on the animated series for the first three seasons. The Boondocks pretty much represents my life’s work to this point […] To quote a great white man, ‘Hollywood is a business.’ And to quote another great white man, ‘Don’t hold grudges.’