John Wesley, Known For His Role On 'The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air', Has Passed Away, Aged 72

John Wesley, Known For His Role On 'The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air', Has Passed Away, Aged 72

The actor passed away at Cedars-Siani Hospital on Sunday after developing complications following a tough battle with multiple myeloma, which is a type of cancer that forms in plasma cells. 

Actor and army veteran John Wesley, best known for his role on the classic television series 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air', passed away after a battle with cancer. He was 72 years old.



 

Wesley's longtime producer and manager Gerry Pass confirmed the actor's passing with USA TODAY. The actor passed away at Cedars-Siani Hospital on Sunday after developing complications following a tough battle with multiple myeloma, which is a type of cancer that forms in plasma cells. 



 

Pass released a statement on Monday, which read: "John Wesley was a gift to the world, for his kindness and grace are immortalized in his works of theatre, TV, and film. I am heartbroken to have lost a dear friend today."

With more than 100 acting credits to his name, Wesley worked alongside stars such as Barbra Streisand, Moran Freeman, and Denzel Washington to name a few. Some of his television appearances include scoring roles in 'Martin' and in films such as 'Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot' and 'Hang Em High'. 



 

His most recognizable role is that of Dr. Hoover on the hit television series 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'. He was the father of a student who was bullying Ashley Banks and would eventually come into blows with Phillip Banks over a yo momma joke. 



 

Before flourishing in mainstream media, Wesley served in the Army during the Vietnam War before being honorably discharged. Wesley held degrees from multiple colleges including the University of California, San Diego, and the University of San Deigo. 

Wesley is survived by his wife Jenny Houston, daughters Kimiko and Kinshasha, stepson Kyler and seven grandchildren.

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