John Witherspoon (source: Instagram)
John Witherspoon (source: Instagram)

Veteran Amercian actor and comedian, John Witherspoon popularly known for his Tv series ‘ Next Friday, has died at the age of 77.

The news of Witherspoon’s death was disclosed on his Twitter account in the early hours of Wednesday.

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A family statement released on the micro-blogging platform reads: It is with deep sadness we have to tweet this, but our husband & 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 & forever – The Witherspoon Family”

The actor who starred rapper Ice Cube in the hit ‘Friday’ comedy movie franchise, was born in Detroit in 1942 and launched a stand-up comedy career and began acting in the late 1970s.

He was best-known for playing the grumpy father of rapper Ice Cube in the 1995 comedy Friday, reprising the role in sequels Next Friday and Friday After Next.

The comedian also memorably featured in an episode of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in which he played Augustus Adams who was the protective dad of of Will Smith’s girlfriend Lisa.

In a bid to scare Will out of having a relationship he takes him on a trip aboard his plane but crash lands in a mountain forest.

Smith eventually flees from Augustus after becoming unsettled by his overbearing personality.