The passing of comedian / actor John Witherspoon was a surprise to many people around the world. Ice Cube gave Witherspoon his memorable role on the movie franchise of “Friday”. Marlon Wayans acted beside Witherspoon on the 1990’s sitcom “The Wayan Bros.” that aired for multiple seasons.
So it was interesting to see and hear Cube and Wayans pay tribute to the iconic “Pops”. Ice Cube paid tribute to Witherspoon in a speech, describing him as “one of the funniest people I know.”
“Laughter is the medicine for our mind, body and soul,” the actor and rapper said. “It helps us get through this crazy world, and God bless the ones that make us laugh. John was naturally funny. No matter how bad a script was, [there] was nothing you could do to harness John’s funny. It was going to come through. He was going to turn it into magic and that was his true gift.”
There were a few celebrities on hand at the “Celebration Of Life” event which included Aaron McGruder, the creator of The Boondocks cartoon on which Witherspoon voiced Robert “Granddad” Freeman.
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“Can’t make your send off Pops… I’m broken up about it,” he captioned a photo of the two. “Unfortunately, have to work. I know you would tell me ‘mahlon, go get that PAPER! You better go get them keys 🔑 see… you got a comedy key, a sitcom key 🔑 a movie key 🔑 , a stand up key 🔑… now go get that drama key 🔑 now you gonna unlock 🔐 all that PAPER.’”
“I’ll always hear you,” Wayans continued. “I’m glad every time we said goodbye it was always with a fatherly hug and kiss. So that’s the goodbye I’ll leave it with. #ripPOPS @johnnywitherspoon playing some Johnny Mathis “chances are” in your honour.”
Although Marlon Wayans could not make the event, his brother Shawn made sure to leave a mark at the event. Check out what he had to say below.