John Witherspoon died of a heart attack, TMZ reports. The online news outlet gained access to the late comedian’s death certificate, which states that Witherspoon had several cardiac illnesses. The revered Friday actor was battling coronary artery disease and hypertension.
Witherspoon passed away on October 29th at his California home. He is mostly known for playing Ice Cube’s father in his directorial debut Friday, as well as its sequels, Next Friday and Friday After Next. Witherspoon also played John “Pops” Williams on the sitcom The Wayans Bros, portrayed the character Spoon on NBC’s The Tracey Morgan Show, and had roles alongside Eddie Murphy in Boomerang and Vampire in Brooklyn. He contributed voice acting to The Boondocks, where he played Granddad alongside Regina King, who voiced the two children, Riley, and Huey Freeman.
Most recently, Witherspoon received television credits on The First Family, black-ish, and the Adult Swim series Black Jesus.