Comedian John Witherspoon has died at age 77.
The Friday star passed away at his Sherman Oaks home on Tuesday. The cause of death is yet to be announced.
‘It is with deepest sorrow that we can confirm our beloved husband and father, John Witherspoon, one of the hardest working men in show business, died today,’ the actor’s family told Deadline in a statement.
‘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,’ the statement went on.
‘John used to say “I’m no big deal,” but he was huge deal to us,’ they continued.
The Detroit native is survived by his wife Angela, and his sons JD, Alexander, and ‘a large family,’ according to the family’s statement.
John was born in Detroit in 1942 as John Weatherspoon, before he embarked on a stand-up comedy career.
Weekend warrior: Witherspoon is probably best known for his role in Friday, where he played curmudgeonly Mr. Jones opposite Ice Cube and Chris Tucker, seen above