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Howell Wayans, Patriarch Of The Wayans Family, Passes Away

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It’s with a heavy heart that I report Howell Wayans, the patriarch of the Wayans family, transitioned to his heavenly home on Friday, March 31, 2023.

He was 86.

Marlon Wayans‘ best friend, Omar Epps, shared the news of Mr. Wayans’ passing with a tribute post on social media.

The actor wrote:

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 thru 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!!

#RIPPOPWAYANS

Prayers up for the entire Wayans family!!🙏🏾🙏🏾

I love ya’ll immeasurably!

See Omar Epps’ original post below.

Marlon Wayans confirmed his father’s passing while grieving the unexpected loss of his friend, Kitchie.

In a tribute post to her on his Instagram page, he made mentioned her arriving in heaven around the same time as his father.

My friend… the most loyal loving soul. One of the best souls I’ve met in this journey.

You loved every more than you even loved yourself. I’m hurting.

Sh*t don’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 were lucky enough to be loved by you.

You was an angel in a human disguise.

Love you Kitchie… miss you already…

ps look for my Dad y’all will be arriving around the same time. He’ll get you in them heaven gates

See Marlon’s original post below.

Howell Wayans was a New York native who fell in love and married Elvira Alethia Green.

Together, they welcomed 10 beautiful and talented children; Dwyane Wayans, Keenan Ivory Wayans (“In Living Color“), Damon Wayans (“My Wife and Kids“), Diedre Wayans, Kim Wayans, Elvira Wayans, Nadia Wayans, Vonnie Wayans, Shawn Wayans (“The Wayans Brothers“), and Marlon Wayans. 

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Howell, who worked as a supermarket supervisor, and Elvira, who was a homemaker and social worker, raised their children with discipline and love in the neighborhood of Chelsea in New York.

Marlon Wayans always refers to his father as his “hero.”

While celebrating his son Shawn Howell Wayans‘ 18th birthday he wrote via Instagram, “18 years ago today God blesses me with a son. I named him after 2 of my life heroes (Shawn and my dad Howell) and he has been a beautiful happy blessing in my life.”

Howell Wayans is predeceased by his wife, Elvira, who transitioned to her heavenly home in July 2020.

My sincerest condolences, love, and prayers to the Wayans family during this difficult time.

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Marlon Wayans Pays Tribute To His Father Howell Wayans

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Marlon Wayans pays tribute to his late father, Howell Wayans, with a beautifully written post about manhood.

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