It’s a sad day in Hollywood.

Celebrities and fans are mourning the death of actor, John Witherspoon. The comedian and actor passed away in his home at 77-years-old just yesterday.

Witherspoon’s family confirmed the news in an official statement on social media. The statement read, “It is with deep sadness we have to tweet this, but our husband and 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 and forever.”

The actor was born in 1942 in Detroit, Michigan. His memorable roles included Ice Cube’s father in Friday, Pops on The Wayans Bros., and Spoon on The Tracey Morgan Show.

He also appeared in Black Jesus, The First Family, and The Boondocks. After the devestating news broke out, many stars took it to social media to pay tribute to the star.

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I’m sad. Broken. Hurt.. yet extremely grateful to God that i got to spend 5 years of my life working with one of the funniest sweetest wisest humblest loving man @johnnywitherspoon you were my tv dad and my mentor and my friend. I miss you already. Something don’t feel right. This is heavy on my heart. Anyone that knows me knows how much i love pops. You have a strong wife and great kids. What an amazing family. Your boys damn near grew up on the #WayansBros set they’ll always be like my little brothers and sons. i will pass on all the jewels that you bestowed on to us. Thank you God for the many many many laughs that we shared on and off the set. You got “all the keys 🔑 “ and i know you got one to heaven’s gate. Anytime i want to laugh or to see you I’m gonna put on a episode of wayans bros and laugh until i cry. I miss already…. hope your dancing in heaven with ugly white shoes on. “Pops pops sugar pops”. #ripjohnwitherspoon #mysecondpops

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Rest in peace John Witherspoon.