One of the most beloved comedians of our time has died. The iconic comic and actor John Witherspoon, died unexpectedly last night at the age of 77. The man best known for his role as Willie Jones in all the Friday movies series, and Pops from The Wayans Bros sitcom is gone.

Tuesday Witherspoon's family released the following statements to Deadline and via Witherspoon's Twitter page,

“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. 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," the statement added. "John used to say ‘I’m no big deal’, but he was huge deal to us.”

ET Online reports everyone in the entertainment community is absolutely stunned and deeply saddened by Witherspoon's untimely death. However, no one is more in shock than his son
J.D. Witherspoon who took to social media to offer a heartfelt message of his grief.

Social media exploded with words of sadness from entertainers and fans across the globe, expressing how much John Witherspoon meant to them and the world. He will truly be missed. His funny was unlike any other. He will never be forgotten. May he rest in sweet peace. To his family we offer our deepest most heartfelt condolences. Ice Cube, Shawn and Marlon are devastated and said what everyone is feeling in this moment...