Ice Cube, Marlon Waynes, Questlove, & More React to the Death of John Witherspoon

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Everyone from Questlove to Ice Cube to Ava DuVernay sent out support for “Pops.”

Legendary comedic actor John Witherspoon died at his home on Tuesday, October 29th. The actor, who was 77 at the time of his death, maintained one of the more successful careers in entertainment.

READ: Legendary Comedian John Witherspoon — aka “Pops” — Dies at 77

Over a career that’s spanned over 40 years, Witherspoon has appeared in classic TV shows and moves like The Richard Pryor Show. Good Times. Boomerang. Friday, House Party, The Boondocks, and more.

Since his death was first announced, those inspired by him have been sending out their love and condolences on social media. Everyone from Questlove to Ice Cube to Regina King sent out messages to Witherspoon.



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John Witherspoon resonated with every last one of us because he represented someone in our family: embarrassing us at gatherings (Boomerang), misrepresenting our generations heroes (“Public Enema”?!), making a jingle about pretty much everything (Grandpa on Boondocks), the neighborhood wino (black Jesus—-or better yet Hollywood Shuffle)—-the list is endless. Bar none my favorite working/blue collar actor. Prolly THE most famous iconic character actor (I mean he didn’t star in vehicles but he was no doubt THE go to support) the best knew to get the best. When interviewing @davidalangrier on @QLS him describing what should have been a routine 15 min scene at the family table in Boomerang wound up being a non stop hour and a half us master class riffing amongst masters, with Witherspoon leading the way. History should tell it well, all the greats utilized him on their project for the last 45 years (Richard Pryor Show/Whats Happening!/Good Times/WKRP/227/Martin/Amen/Fresh Prince/Wayans Bros/Living Single/Boondocks/First Family/blackish/Black Jesus)—-he will forever be our pop pops. RIP

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Ava DuVernay

Martin Lawrence

Ice Cube

Regina King

Marlon Waynes


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I’m sad. Broken. Hurt.. yet extremely grateful to God that i got to spend 5 years of my life working with one of the funniest sweetest wisest humblest loving man @johnnywitherspoon you were my tv dad and my mentor and my friend. I miss you already. Something don’t feel right. This is heavy on my heart. Anyone that knows me knows how much i love pops. You have a strong wife and great kids. What an amazing family. Your boys damn near grew up on the #WayansBros set they’ll always be like my little brothers and sons. i will pass on all the jewels that you bestowed on to us. Thank you God for the many many many laughs that we shared on and off the set. You got “all the keys 🔑 “ and i know you got one to heaven’s gate. Anytime i want to laugh or to see you I’m gonna put on a episode of wayans bros and laugh until i cry. I miss already…. hope your dancing in heaven with ugly white shoes on. “Pops pops sugar pops”. #ripjohnwitherspoon #mysecondpops

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DL Hughley

DJ Pooh

Chance the Rapper


Lil Reese


Leslie Jones

David Alan Grier

Chuck D

Arsenio Hall

Judd Apatow

Busta Rhymes


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This one cuts deep. Rest well King John Witherspoon aka Pop’s. Love you and thank you giving us so much of you.

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