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Hollywood celebrates the life and legacy of John Witherspoon at his memorial service


Steve Granitz/WireImageJohn Witherspoon‘s home going service on Tuesday night brought out a star-studded list of guests, including Ice CubeChris TuckerDavid LettermanShawn Wayans, and Robert Townsend.

According to, guests at the service, held at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood, were asked to wear colorful ensembles to celebrate the life of the comedian-actor. Other notable guests included The Boondocks creator Aaaron McGruderRep. Maxine Waters and Cedric the Entertainer.

Vibe reports that Letterman, who had been friends with Witherspoon for over four decades, delivered the opening remarks, joking that Witherspoon was supposed to speak at Letterman’s own funeral.

Ice Cube called the comedian “one of the funniest people” he’s ever known.

“He’s been funny my whole life,” Cube said. “He had one line [on The Robert Townsend Show] and I knew I wanted him to be my father on Friday. His one line was: ‘Why the hell they ain’t playing no Al Green in here?.”

Other speakers included Shawn Wayans, Bill BellamyGeorge Wallace, and members of Witherspoon’s family.

As previously reported, Witherspoon died late last month in Los Angeles at the age of 77. He’s survived by his wife of over 30 years, Angela Robinson, and two sons.

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