Howell Wayans, Patriarch of the Wayans Family, Passes Away at 86

Howell Wayans, Patriarch of the Wayans Family, Passes Away at 86

The man who literally created the Wayans clan has recently passed away at the age of 86.

According to the youngest Wayans brother, Marlon, Howell Wayans, his father had recently passed away at the age of 86. Howell and his wife, Elvira Alethia, who died in July 2020, were the parents of 10 children who grew up in the Harlem section of Manhattan, NY. Several of his children are now household names including, Keenan Ivory, who created and showcased his family and other legendary comedians with his hit sketch comedy show, In Living Color. The television show featured Keenan’s sister, Kim, and brothers, Damon, Marlon, and Shawn.

In a heartfelt tribute to the patriarch of the Wayans family, his youngest son honored him in an Instagram post over the weekend.

“Legend.

“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”
I said “but every boy becomes a man”
Dad said “Not true”
I asked “then what’s a man?”
My Dad 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.”

“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. 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…”

 

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According to Entertainment Tonight, no cause of death was revealed. Along with the previously listed children, Howell and Elvira were also parents to Dwayne, Nadia, Elvira, Diedre and Vonnie.

TMZ reported that the youngest Wayans brother was performing two shows in California and was told of his father’s death after he completed the first one. Even still, he did the second show.

Howell Wayans, Patriarch of the Wayans Family, Passes Away at 86

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