John Witherspoon Dies, Dad in Friday, Beloved Comedian Was 77

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John Witherspoon Dies, Dad in Friday, Beloved Comedian Was 77
We've got some terrible news to pass along today, as beloved comic actor John Witherspoon has passed away at the age of 77. At this time, no exact cause of death has been revealed. The sad news comes directly from Witherspoon's official Twitter account, with the actor's family confirming his passing with an official statement. "It is with deep sadness we have to tweet this, but our husband & father John Witherspoon has passed away," the statement reads. "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."

Born in 1942 as John Weatherspoon, the future actor would later change the spelling of his surname to the one we recognize. Early in life, Witherspoon had done some modeling work, but noticed he had a penchant for comedy. By the 60s and 70s, he had begun performing stand-up comedy,
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