The devastating news of 77-year-old comedian’s death was confirmed by Deadline through a statement from Witherspoon’s family. The cause of his death has been confirmed as cardiac arrest, according to TMZ.
Ice Cube shared his thoughts on the actor/comedian’s death on Twitter.
“I’m devastated over the passing of John Witherspoon,” he wrote. “Life won’t be as funny without him.”
Ice Cube’s post garnered reactions from DJ Pooh and DJ First Class with First Class tweeting broken heart emojis.
Some of Hip Hop’s finest shared their condolences and memories about Witherspoon on social media.
The Roots’ Questlove wrote, “John Witherspoon resonated with every last one of us because he represented someone in our family: embarrassing us at gatherings (Boomerang), misrepresenting our generations heroes (“Public Enema”?!), making a jingle about pretty much everything (Grandpa on Boondocks), the neighborhood wino (black Jesus—-or better yet Hollywood Shuffle)—-the list is endless. Bar none my favorite working/blue-collar actor. Prolly THE most famous iconic character actor (I mean he didn’t star in vehicles but he was no doubt THE go to support) the best knew to get the best. ”
Witherspoon’s son J.D. shared his own tribute on Twitter.
“So…my Dad died today & honestly I’m not sure how to feel,” he wrote. “I’m sad, but I’m also happy 4 all the great times we had together. We’d roast each other like homies more than Father & Son, and I really liked that. He was my best friend & my idol. Love U Dad…I’ll miss u. – J.D.”
Along with Witherspoon’s son and Hip Hop’s biggest stars, other co-stars of Witherspoon reacted to his death.