The versatile actor and comic, who played Ice Cube’s father in the comedy franchise, has died in Los Angeles.

John Witherspoon passed on at age 77

Actor-comedian John Witherspoon, who memorably played Ice Cube’s father in the Friday films, has died. He was 77. His manager Alex Goodman confirmed that Witherspoon died in Los Angeles. No cause of death was released.

The actor had a prolific career, co-starring in three Friday films, appearing on The Wayans Bros television series and voicing the grandfather in The Boondocks animated series. His film roles included Vampire in Brooklyn and Boomerang, and he was a frequent guest on Late Show with David Letterman.

Witherspoon, who was born on 27 January, 1942, is survived by his wife, Angela, and sons JD and Alexander.

Associated Press

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