Tributes have poured in for veteran US actor and comedian John Witherspoon after the Friday star's death on Tuesday.
Witherspoon died at his home in California, with his family confirming the news on social media.
Speaking to Deadline the family remembered the star as “one of the hardest working men in show business”.
“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. John used to say ‘I’m no big deal’, but he was a huge deal to us.”
John was best known for his role as Willie Jones in the Friday movies and for voicing Robert Jebediah “Grandad” Freeman in The Boondocks. He also starred in films such as I'm Gonna Get You Sucka, Soul Plane, Little Man, The Incredible Hulk, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The Tracy Morgan Show and Black-ish.
The actor topped the local Twitter trends list as fans and friends flooded social media with tributes and videos of scenes he had acted in.
My dad, my grandpa, my comedic inspiration! I love you Spoons! Rest In Paradise, King pic.twitter.com/U6GsNrrKXF
— Regina King (@ReginaKing) October 30, 2019
here's a supercut of john witherspoon eating food in movies just because pic.twitter.com/nSE7qihmtl
— Tyler Conway (@jtylerconway) October 30, 2019
I Was Literally Just Thinking About How Funny The Next Friday Movie Was Gon Be When It Finally Came Together. A Legend To Never Be Forgotten. Rest Easy John Witherspoon 🕊💔 pic.twitter.com/Spg1Dy6Fpz
— DJ First Class™ 🏁 (@1DJFirstClass) October 30, 2019
This hurts real bad 😭 It feels like we just lost someone I knew personally 💔
I'll be watching the Friday trilogy and The Boondocks ALL DAY while I recuperate…
RIP John Witherspoon
RIP Pops 'Yeeaaah BOY'
RIP Grandad pic.twitter.com/OhNJc1WHvT
— Breigh Vegeta-sama (@sivvgobozi) October 30, 2019
RIP to one of the most unforgettable comedians of our time John Witherspoon pic.twitter.com/Jabdvt08uA
— Bra God Modimo (@Modimo_BraGod) October 30, 2019