John Witherspoon, who made his mark in comedy and in films like "Friday" has died.
Witherspoon's family announced he died suddenly Tuesday at his home in Sherman Oaks, California. The statement reads, "It is with deep sadness we have to tweet this, but our husband & father John Witherspoon has passed away."
The statement continues, "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."
Witherspoon's career spanned more than 5 decades, but his most notable role was when he played Mr. Jones alongside Chris Tucker and Ice Cube in "Friday."
John did voice work as Gramps on the animated series "The Boondocks," which was being revived for HBO. He also played Pops on "The Wayans Brothers" and made appearances on "The Tracy Morgan Show" and "Black Jesus."
Witherspoon is survived by his wife, Angela, and sons JD and Alexander.