Cube shared a tribute post to mark the occasion that featured a classic picture of Witherspoon as his beloved character from the "Friday" movie franchise, Pops.
"20 years since Next Friday. Miss you Pops," the rapper wrote in the caption of his post.
Witherspoon passed away in October of 2019 and the news caused a wave of celebrities to pay their respects to a comedic acting legend. He was 77-years-old. Cube and Witherspoon had a close relationship that they developed while working on all the popular films.
Gone But Not Forgotten
John died of a massive heart attack after suffering from years of coronary heart disease and high blood pressure.
His family released a statement following his death that read, "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 at the age of 77."
It continued, "He is survived by his wife Angela, and his sons JD, Alexander, and a large family. 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 ended with an emotional note, "John used to say ‘I’m no big deal’, but he was a huge deal to us."
Celebs Pay Their Respects
John's passing sent shock waves throughout the celebrity world. Witherspoon is known by some as the world's greatest TV dad for his work on "The Wayans Bros."
His memorial was held in early November and several celebrities attended the service. Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Cedric the Entertainer, David Letterman, and George Wallace were all there to lay the comic to rest at the Forest Lawn National Park cemetery in Glendale. Cedric shared one final tribute post on Instagram to say farewell to a national treasure.
"We laid a Legend to rest yesterday," Cedric wrote in the caption of his post. Love Live the great @johnnywitherspoon So many showed up for the man who man us laugh all this years. Peace and blessings to his loved ones."
He is gone but his extensive body of work and the people he impacted will keep his memory alive for many years to come. We miss you, Pops!