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'Friday' star John Witherspoon dead at 77

Witherspoon played Ice Cube's dad in the "Friday" movies.

Actor and comedian John Witherspoon, best known for starring in the "Friday" movie series, has died at age 77.

Witherspoon's family posted a message announcing his passing on his Twitter page Tuesday night.

"It is with deep sadness we have to tweet this, but our husband & father John Witherspoon has passed away. 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," the family wrote.

Deadline reports Witherspoon died in his home in Sherman Oaks, Calif,

“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. John used to say ‘I’m no big deal’, but he was huge deal to us," his family said in a statement to Deadline.

Witherspoon played Ice Cube's dad in the "Friday" movies. Witherspoon's film and television credits include "Little Man," "Little Nicky, "Black-ish,"The Boondocks" and "The Tracy Morgan Show."

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