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Steve Harvey of 'Family Feud' Honors John Witherspoon in a Moving Post after His Funeral Service

Olowokandi Fiyin
Nov 07, 2019
10:16 A.M.
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Steve Harvey shared a moving post via social media just after the funeral service of his friend and actor, John Witherspoon.
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It was with sadness that John Witherspoon's family announced the death of the veteran actor last week, whose career began as far back as the '70s.

Actor John Witherspoon attends the film premiere of "Friday After Next" at the Mann National Theatre on November 13, 2002 in Westwood, California. The film opens nationwide | Photo: Getty Images

Actor John Witherspoon attends the film premiere of "Friday After Next" at the Mann National Theatre on November 13, 2002 in Westwood, California. The film opens nationwide | Photo: Getty Images

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Just one week after that announcement, John was laid to rest in a star-studded ceremony, after which "Family Feud" host, Steve Harvey shared a touching tribute via social media.

Steve took to Instagram to point out that there was more to the late entertainer beyond what fans saw on screen.

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He posted a picture of John smiling and seated on a flamboyant chair alongside the caption:

"To the one and only Spoon...Who never changed every time we talked we laughed... ALWAYS A BRIGHT LIGHT a comedic acting genius, The Godfather of I DONT CARE WHAT YOU THINK COMEDY!!! Cause I'm funny!!! You will be deeply missed, my man. BANG! BANG !BANG! Go to heaven my man!!!!"

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USA Today states that entertainment heavyweights like Cedric the Entertainer, David Letterman, George Wallace, Lil Rel Howery, and Chris Tucker attended the star's funeral which was held at Forest Lawn National Park in Los Angeles.

Some celebrities at the funeral shared photos from the ceremony to commemorate the moment, one of which was comedian Bill Bellamy.

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According to Essence Magazine, the funeral was an open-casket celebration which began with John's longtime friend, David Letterman, making some remarks about the deceased.

David and John's friendship kicked off while they worked on comedy material alongside Richard Pryor, Robin Williams, and Jay Leno, at The Comedy Store in Hollywood.

David Letterman attends The 92nd Street Y Conversation with Senator Al Franken and David Letterman at 92nd Street Y | Photo: Getty Images

David Letterman attends The 92nd Street Y Conversation with Senator Al Franken and David Letterman at 92nd Street Y | Photo: Getty Images

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N.Y. Times recounts that while alive; John was most famous for his role as Ice Cube's father in the "Friday" films franchise.

Additionally, he featured in "Vampire in Brooklyn" and "Boomerang," as well as showing up as a frequent guest on "Late Show with David Letterman."

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John was also the voice of Grandpa in "The Boondocks" animated series. The actor's career began after his love for comedy earned him a stand-up gig at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles in 1974.

He continued doing stand-up and M.C. gigs until 1980 when he played the role of an M.C. in the remake of "The Jazz Singer."

Actor John Witherspoon arrives at the first anniversary celebration of the Artpeace Gallery | Photo: Getty Images

Actor John Witherspoon arrives at the first anniversary celebration of the Artpeace Gallery | Photo: Getty Images

The actor died on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, according to a statement released by his family on his official Twitter account. The cause of his death is yet to be released.

John will, no doubt, be missed dearly by the world.

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