Actor and comedian John Witherspoon passed away suddenly yesterday at his home in Sherman Oaks, CA, his family confirmed. He was 77 years old. Best known for his role as Ice Cube’s dad in the “Friday” movies, Witherspoon was an all star talent who appeared in many movies and TV shows. He also worked regularly doing stand up comedy, which is how he got started in the entertainment business. Witherspoon was born in Detroit in 1942. He is survived by his wife Angela and sons JD and Alexander.
Born in New York City but also consider myself a native of Detroit. Attended college at Michigan State University. Started radio career in Detroit in 1980. Moved to Vegas in 1989. Worked 14 years at KCEP 88.1 before getting hired at Beasley with 105.7 in 2014.