The Wayans family patriarch Howell Wayans has passed away at the age of 86 as his sons describe him as the ‘example of a man to all your boys’.
The news of his death has been confirmed by Marlon on Instagram, calling his father a ‘legend’ who always put his family first.
“When I was a child I asked my Dad what did you want to be when grew up? He simply said: ‘I wanted to be a man,’ I said: ‘Not a lawyer? A doctor? An actor?’ He said: ‘Just a man,’” he wrote.
When Marlon told his dad that every boy becomes a man, his father said that it was ‘not true’ and that ‘a man takes care of himself and his responsibilities. His family is always FIRST.’”
“From that day on I wanted to be a MAN,” Marlon wrote in the emotional tribute.
“Thank you Pop for being an example of a Man to all your boys. I pray all young black boys can grow up to be a Man like you.”
Marlon concluded: “Baby boy loves you. And if ever I need you I know exactly where to find you…in my Bible that now sits by bed.
“Rest well. Kiss Ma for me. Tell her her babies miss her. I got two angels. I feel y’all lifting me already. If there’s a heaven I know you sitting in VIP sippin’ the best wine Jesus can make.”
Howell raised his family of comedians – including Damien, Keenan, Shawn, and Marlon – in New York alongside his late wife Elvira, who passed away three years ago.
Family friend Omar Epps also paid tribute to the patriarch, writing: “Words can’t even describe how I’m feeling right now. This man was a GIANT amongst giants. Pop Wayans was a true father to me [through] out my life. Always teaching me, giving me jewels that I walk with to this day. I love you Pop!
“Thank you for taking me under your wing as if I was one of your own. We’re all devastated, but yet somehow, you prepared us for this moment. I LOVE YOU!!”
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