Last week, a comedy legend left us. Breaking the hearts of fans across the world, John Witherspoon passed at the age of 77. According to comicbook.com, the network which acted as one of Witherspoon’s primary platforms has released a statement about his life and death.
We all lost a grandad today. Farewell to an original member of the Adult Swim family.
John Witherspoon (1942-2019) pic.twitter.com/wyXJz3zdf6
— [adult swim] (@adultswim) October 30, 2019
A Beautiful History
Witherspoon has contributed to a number of programs on Adult Swim over the years. Most notably, he portrayed Robert “Granddad,” Freeman on the hit show The Boondocks. In addition to this, John Witherspoon is credited on Adult Swim shows Black Jesus and Black Dynamite. The actor also appeared on the recent Chance the Rapper album The Big Day. Furthermore, Witherspoon leaves in his wake a long history of comedic roles in films, spanning decades.
Additionally, Witherspoon’s family has released a statement, part of which reads as follows:
“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 at his home in Sherman Oaks at the age of 77.”
Witherspoon is survived by his wife, Angela, his sons, JD and Alexander, and a large, loving extended family.
Fans and family the world over mourn this loss as the life of a legend is celebrated. Witherspoon leaves behind a pair of shoes too big for anyone to fill.
One of the last works of John Witherspoon is available for viewing on YouTube, according to comicbook.com. In this lovely YouTube video, viewers are taught how to cook “Poor Man’s Gumbo.” As Witherspoon says, “It ain’t the good stuff for the rich people,” but “when you’re hungry, everything tastes good.” The video is both informative and hilarious, true to the memory of one legendary man.
Please share your love for Witherspoon, and for his family, below.