John Witherspoon leaves a taping "The Late Show with David Letterman" in New York. Picture: AP

Veteran comedic actor John Witherspoon died at his California home on Monday. 

The Witherspoon family confirmed his death on Wednesday in a statement posted on Twitter. 

The statement 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."

Tributes poured in for the actor who is known for playing Pops in "The Wayans Brothers" series, starring in the "Friday" movies series and voicing Robert Freeman in "The Boondocks".