Wayans family patriarch Howell Wayans has died aged 86

The patriarch of a member of the Wayans family, Howell Wayansdeceased.

Marlon Wayans in New York

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The beloved father was the backbone of one of Hollywood’s most legendary and prolific families. The youngest child, Marlon Wayan, took to social media to honor his father. He confirmed the sad news in a post about a friend who also recently passed away.

“My friend… the most loyal loving soul. One of the best souls I’ve met on this trip. You loved more than you loved yourself. I am in pain. Sh*t doesn’t seem real. God got you. And I know you got me. Thank you for your love, your smiles, your energy, your positivity and your loyalty to all of us who have been blessed to be loved by you,” he wrote in the early hours of Saturday.

“You were an angel in human disguise. I love you Kitchie…miss you already…ps look for my dad, y’all will be arriving at the same time. He will bring you into those gates of paradise.

In another touching Instagram post, Marlon thanked his dad for being a role model. He shared the lessons Howell taught him about the importance of being a man.


When I was a kid I asked my dad what do you want to be when you grow up?
He just said “I wanted to be a man”
I said ‘not a lawyer? A doctor? An actor?’
He said ‘just a man’
I said ‘but every boy becomes a man
Dad said ‘Not true’
I asked ‘so what is a man?’
My father said “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 on Saturday afternoon.

The accomplished comedian hailed the proud father of ten as an example to all men. Marlon found peace knowing that his parents would be reunited after his mother, Elvira Wayansdied in 2020. The accomplished comedian joked that his father would return to heaven.

“Thank you Pop for being an example of a man for all your boys. I pray that all young black boys can become a man like you. Baby boy loves you. And if I ever need you, I know exactly where to find you…in my Bible which now sits by the bed,” Marlon continued.

“Rest well. Hug Ma for me. Tell her her babies miss her. I have two angels. I feel you are lifting me up already. If there is a heaven, I know you are sitting as a VIP sipping the best wine Jesus could make…”

Power Book III: Raising Kanan star Omar Epps also honored Howell, thanking him for being a “real father” to him as well.

“Words can’t even describe what I’m feeling right now. This man was a GIANT among giants. Pop Wayans has been a true father to me throughout my life. Always teaching me, giving me jewelry that I walk with to this day. I love you Pop! Thank you for taking me under your wing as if I were one of your own. We are all devastated, yet somehow you have prepared us for this moment. I LOVE YOU!!” the actor wrote.

“#RIPPOPWAYANS Prayers for the whole Wayans family!! 🙏🏾🙏🏾 I love you immeasurably!”

Howell raised his family with Elvira in Chelsea, New York as a supermarket manager. He supported the dreams of his ten incredibly talented children: Dwayne, Keenen, Diedra, Damon, Kim, Elvira, Nadia, Devonne, Shawn and Marlon. He leaves behind dozens of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Our condolences go out to the family and loved ones of Howell Wayans.


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