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Marla Gibbs of 227 Shares Touching Tribute to John Witherspoon after Attending His Funeral Service

Olowokandi Fiyin
Nov 07, 2019
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Actress and comedian Marla Gibbs paid her last respects to her friend John Witherspoon with a heartwarming tribute on Instagram after attending his funeral.

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The world of comedy lost an icon when John Witherspoon passed away last week.

Since his demise, celebrities have paid their tributes to the legendary comedian, and the latest to do so is actress Marla Gibbs.

John Witherspoon arrives to the Premiere of Sony Pictures' 'Hancock" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre | Photo: Getty Images

John Witherspoon arrives to the Premiere of Sony Pictures' 'Hancock" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre | Photo: Getty Images

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After attending his funeral, the "227" star took to Instagram to pay her last respects. She shared a series of photos from the ceremony and a throwback picture of her and Witherspoon playing with a caption that read:

"I’m sad that my friend John is gone. And I’m really glad he had such a beautiful service. So many wonderful people showed up and shared in his Life celebration.

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She continued, recalling their first project together and sending her sympathies to Witherspoon' widow:

"We got to work together on First Family, and he was also on the Black Jesus show with my daughter. John is a popular culture icon, and his legacy will remain forever. Sending Love to his family and beautiful wife @arobinsonwitherspoon."

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In honor of the legend's life, a star-studded ceremony was conducted on Tuesday, to celebrate the happy memories he left behind.

According to TMZ, it was an open-casket celebration of life held that saw some big names in the industry in attendance, some of which include David Letterman, Richard Pryor, Jay Leno, Robin Williams, Cedric the Entertainer, Ice Cube, and many others.

Actor John Witherspoon attends Sony Pictures premiere of "Little Man" at the Mann National Theater | Photo: Getty Images

Actor John Witherspoon attends Sony Pictures premiere of "Little Man" at the Mann National Theater | Photo: Getty Images

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The ceremony began with an opening remark from David Letterman after which numerous celebs went on stage to recount their fond memories of Witherspoon.

One of the speakers was actor Ice Cube, who said that he enjoyed Witherspoon's company as much as he could.

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Bossip reveals that the program from the funeral was adorned with smiling photos of the late actor and one of his famous lines from "Boomerang," "BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG!"

The publication also noted that Bill Bellamy, George Wallace, and Angela Gibbs spoke at the event while actress Regina King sent a video because she was unable to attend in person.

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According to The Guardian, Witherspoon featured in "The Wayans Bros" television series. He was also voice-over for the grandfather character in the animated series "Boondocks."

Witherspoon was primarily renowned for his role as "Pops" in the stoner comedy, "Friday," and its spin-offs.

John Witherspoon looks on as Los Angeles Street Ballers compete for the chance to play against the 2004 Team AND1 on the blacktop of the The Great Western Fourm in Inglewood, California | Photo: Getty Images

John Witherspoon looks on as Los Angeles Street Ballers compete for the chance to play against the 2004 Team AND1 on the blacktop of the The Great Western Fourm in Inglewood, California | Photo: Getty Images

Witherspoon passed away on Tuesday, October 29, at the age of 77. He went into cardiac arrest at his home in Sherman Oaks, CA, TMZ confirmed.

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