Going Out With A Bang! Bang! Bang! John Witherspoon’s Star Studded Homegoing Ceremony Included Tributes From Ice Cube And David Letterman

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Cast And Crew Of Friday Movie Reunite At John Witherspoon’s Funeral

John Witherspoon has plenty of reasons to smile in heaven. His homegoing ceremony was held in Los Angeles Tuesday and many of his close friends and previous co-stars were on hand to say their goodbyes.

According to TMZ reports, the open-casket celebration of life for the late comedian included a huge gathering of friends, family and celebs, including David Letterman who commenced the celebration. Letterman and Witherspoon have serious history, having both honed their careers at The Comedy Store in Hollywood alongside Richard Pryor, Robin Williams and Jay Leno.

Chris Tucker and Ice Cube, who both posted loving tributes on their social media earlier this week, were also on hand at the event.

Ice Cube took to the mic to deliver a speech, which you can watch below:

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Cedric the Entertainer, George Wallace, Angela Gibbs and Bill Bellamy also spoke at the big event.

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While Regina King was unable to attend, she did send a video message which was played on the big screen.

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Several guests who attended posted the program, which included the lines he’ll long be remembered for from “Boomerang” — Bang! Bang! Bang!

R.I.P. to a real one.

Check out posts from Marla Gibbs and Lil Rel below as well as more photos.

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John Witherspoon Funeral

NBA Player Harrison Barnes Volunteers To Pay For The Funeral Service of Atatiana Jefferson

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Harrison Barnes Volunteers To Cover Funeral Costs For Woman That Was Gunned Down In Her Own Home

According to TMZ, NBA player Harrison Barnes has stepped up and volunteered to pay for the funeral of Atatiana Jefferson, after she was shot and killed by a police officer while she was in her own home.

NBA Player Harrison Barnes Volunteers To Pay For The Funeral Service of Atatiana Jefferson

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Harrison Barnes Volunteers To Cover Funeral Costs For Woman That Was Gunned Down In Her Own Home

According to TMZ, NBA player Harrison Barnes has stepped up and volunteered to pay for the funeral of Atatiana Jefferson, after she was shot and killed by a police officer while she was in her own home.

Dead Wrong: Woman Allegedly Searched Obituaries To Rob Families While They Attended Funerals

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Woman Used Obituaries To Rob People That Were Attending Funerals

According to the New York Post, a Bronx woman is being accused of preying on the grieving families by allegedly looking up the obituaries of their loved ones online and then burglarizing the homes of the family members while they were attending the funeral services.

Latonia Shelecia Stewart, 26, was slapped with multiple charges connected to six different break-ins that were reported between fall 2017 and spring 2018.

Prosecutors claim she targeted people who were attending their spouse’s wake or funeral services. She would allegedly look up the obituaries of the person who died and then track down where their loved ones lived  and assumed they wouldn’t be home during the funeral and steal jewelry and other personal items from the residences.

Stewart was attempting to break into the home of a dead person on May 1, 2018, when cops caught her in the act. She allegedly had their obituary on her cellphone and her baby in the back seat.

She is facing 22 counts of burglary, grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, petit larceny, criminal mischief, possession of burglar’s tools and three motor vehicle violations.

No Words: Family Accuses Funeral Home Of Leaking Photos Of Daughter’s Disfigured Body That Surfaced On Social Media

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Family Sues Funeral Home For Allegedly Leaking Pictures Of Daughter’s Disfigured Body

A Florida family had to relive the trauma of losing their child for all of social media to see and now they’re taking action.

According to The Palm Beach Post, Deanna Washington and her family were devastated when their 27-year-old daughter Jakiel Allyson Jones was killed in a car accident. The family said Jones was so disfigured, that they were planning a closed casket funeral.

However, their plans were ruined when on February 2, the day of the funeral, a photo of Jones’ body showed up on Facebook, according to her parents’ lawsuit.

Washington and her ex-husband, Jessie Jones, say a Stevens Brothers Funeral Home employee took the pictures and gave them to “non-family members.” The lawsuit says the photos were then posted to Facebook. The funeral home and an “unknown defendant” are listed in the suit, with the family saying the funeral home was the only group who had access to Jones’ body at the time the picture was taken.

“I would never wish this on a family of anyone, because it’s very heartbreaking,” Jessie Jones said at a press conference.

The president of the funeral home, Tony Mack II, said he didn’t believe any employees took the pics, however, if proof arises, he said the person responsible would be fired and might face legal action.

“It truly hurts me,” said Mack, who says he’s a longtime friend of Washington and went to school with her at Twin Lakes High School.  “We will continue to pray for the family, and pray for a swift resolution, so all the facts will come out.” 

On the day of the funeral, Washington said a friend phoned her about the image, which showed Jakiel on a slab in the funeral home’s preparation room, wearing a royal blue shirt with her hair tied back. Washington said she went online to witness the picture, which was later deleted.

“They violated our trust at a time when we needed them the most,” Washington tearfully said. When she was asked how she can get over the incident, she said, “I can’t.”

The state said Stevens Brothers’ license is currently under investigation, especially for prior instances of mishandling paperwork and even the mishandling of dead human remains.

California Love: Nipsey Hussle’s Celebration Of Life To Be Held At Staples Center

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Neighborhood Nipsey Getting Hometown Hero Homegoing

Neighborhood Nip is getting his hometown hero homegoing.

Late Monday afternoon announcements for Hussle’s memorial were posted on his social media accounts revealing that the late rapper will have his official services at the 21,000 seat Staples Center.

The venue is giving away free tickets to California residents only beginning Tuesday morning.

The Staples Center website also revealed that, out of respect to the family, cameras and recording devices will not be permitted inside the venue and failure to respect that request could result in being removed from the event. The website also revealed that procession information will be released soon for fans who are unable to attain tickets to Nipsey Hussle’s Celebration of Life.

TMZ is reporting that the procession will pass Nipsey’s Marathon Clothing store on a route that will cover 25 miles and includes much of South L.A.

Staples Center seems so appropriate — it’s one of the main venues where we saw him photographed most.

Sending so much love to all those who loved Nipsey.

California Love: Nipsey Hussle’s Celebration Of Life To Be Held At Staples Center

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Neighborhood Nipsey Getting Hometown Hero Homegoing

Neighborhood Nip is getting his hometown hero homegoing.

Late Monday afternoon announcements for Hussle’s memorial were posted on his social media accounts revealing that the late rapper will have his official services at the 21,000 seat Staples Center.

The venue is giving away free tickets to California residents only beginning Tuesday morning.

The Staples Center website also revealed that, out of respect to the family, cameras and recording devices will not be permitted inside the venue and failure to respect that request could result in being removed from the event. The website also revealed that procession information will be released soon for fans who are unable to attain tickets to Nipsey Hussle’s Celebration of Life.

TMZ is reporting that the procession will pass Nipsey’s Marathon Clothing store on a route that will cover 25 miles and includes much of South L.A.

Staples Center seems so appropriate — it’s one of the main venues where we saw him photographed most.

Sending so much love to all those who loved Nipsey.