John Witherspoon’s son is opening up about the pain of his father’s death in a heartbreaking social media post. “He was my best friend,” John David “JD” Witherspoon shared.
Fans across the world have been mourning Witherspoon’s death, but the pain must hit differently for his family, to whom he was much more than an actor and a comedian.
Witherspoon’s first son, JD, took to Twitter not long after news broke of the legend’s death and wrote:
“So…my 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.”
Alongside the tear-jerking note, JD shared four photos with his late dad, all of which proved that the two indeed shared a close bond. One of the snapshots was a throwback of Witherspoon holding an infant JD and making a funny face.
Born in Detroit in 1942 as John Weatherspoon, the late comic icon commenced his career as far back as the 1970s
Fans and celebrities took to the comment section with comforting words for JD and the Witherspoon family.
So…my 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.— J.D. (@jdwitherspoon) October 30, 2019
Love U Dad…I’ll miss u.
– J.D. pic.twitter.com/zvzep5S11I
“Much love, JD,” actor Damon Wayans Jr. wrote while another fan chimed in: “Deepest condolences to you and you’re family, you’re (sic) father was a great man and will be missed by many. Take all the time you need.”
JD is a popular YouTube creator who seems to have inherited his father’s funny side; many videos exist of the duo goofing around and just being hilarious.
Witherspoon passed away at 77 on October 29 at his Los Angeles home. No cause of death has been released, per The Guardian. A statement provided to Deadline by Witherspoon’s family read:
“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. 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,” the family added. “John used to say ‘I’m no big deal,’ but he was huge deal to us.”
Celebrities like Regina King and Ice Cube have been paying tribute to the memory of one of Hollywood’s respected actors and comedians who brought laughter to many for over four decades.
Born in Detroit in 1942 as John Weatherspoon, the late comic icon commenced his career as far back as the 1970s when he made appearances on “The Richard Pryor Show.”
Witherspoon’s foray into stand-up comedy soon led him into acting, with guest-starring TV roles in productions like “Good Times,” “227,” and “What’s Happening!!” he made his feature debut in 1980’s “The Jazz Singer.”
The world is a little less funny today. RIP John Witherspoon!— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) October 30, 2019
Witherspoon was, however, best known for his role as Willie Jones, Ice Cube’s grouchy dad in the 1995 hit movie “Friday.” He reprised the now-iconic role in the sequels “Next Friday” and “Friday After Next” and was expected to do the same in the proposed final installment “Last Friday.”
I’m absolutely shattered at the news of my great friend John Witherspoon passing. May love surround his entire family and fan base – a comedy legend we’ll never forget. 🙏💜 pic.twitter.com/PqO0nysZTj— Jackée Harry (@JackeeHarry) October 30, 2019
From 1995 to 1999, Witherspoon also starred as Pops on “The Wayans Bros.” and from 2005 to 2014, he voiced Gramps on the animated series “The Boondocks.”
Rest in Peace, John Witherspoon.