The comic actor was known for starring in the cult Friday franchise as well as his long stint on The Wayans Bros. and The Tracy Morgan Show.
Witherspoon’s son John David shared an emotional post on Twitter on his father’s passing, along with photos of the two from his childhood to recent years. “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.”
Judd Apatow remembered Witherspoon as “Pure funny. Hilarious and always kind. John Witherspoon will be missed” on Twitter.
Arsenio Hall shared on Twitter, “This day began with such joy. And it’s ending with this heart wrenching news of John Witherspoon’s passing. One of our comic brothers.”
Questlove also paid tribute to Witherspoon with a post on Instagram. “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,” he captioned a photo of the late actor. “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.”