Comedy legend John Witherspoon has died aged 77.
He was known for roles Hollywood Shuffle and Black Jesus, as well as the Friday franchise.
A family statement paid tribute to the beloved entertainer and comic titan.
It read: “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.”
The statement continued: “He is survived by his wife Angela, and his sons JD, Alexander, and a large family.
“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.
“John used to say, ‘I’m no big deal’, but he was a huge deal to us.”
His son, JD, wrote on to Instagram: “So…my Dad died today & honestly I’m not sure how to feel. 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 loved that about us. In all seriousness I work as hard as I do thanks to seeing Him grind for literally 77years of his life, and I’m damn proud to be his son.
“If I have even half the career & impact he has had on people I’ll be very happy. His legacy will live on through me, my family, his friends, and everyone else who was touched by him here on earth.
“He was my best friend & my Hero. I Love U Dad…I’ll miss u. – J.D.”