Howell Wayans, the family patriarch and the Wayans name bearer, has died.
His son, Marlon Wayans, shared a touching message on Saturday in which he revealed his father’s loss. The post contained a photo of Marlon and Howell together with the remark, “Legend. When I was a kid, I used to ask my father, “What did you want to be when you were a grown-up?” It was as simple as him saying, “I wanted to be a guy.” I said ‘not a lawyer? A doctor? A performer?’ He said, ‘just a man.'”

The actor penned a piece in which he discussed how his father had taught him that not everyone becomes a man as they get older. He also expounded on what it takes to become a man, which, according to him, involves taking responsibility for one’s actions and providing for one’s family.
Marlon claims that the conversation he had with Howell inspired him to strive to be exactly that.

“I want to express my gratitude to you, Pop, for setting a strong masculine example for all of your sons. I say a prayer every day that every young black kid has the opportunity to develop into a Man like you. You are in the baby boy’s heart. And if I ever have a need for you, I know just where to look for you: in my Bible, which currently is placed next to my bed. Rest well. Say hello to Mother for me. Inform her that her children are missing her,” he went on to say.

Howell, who is 86 years old, and his late wife, Elvira, were responsible for the upbringing of 10 children in New York City. Elvira passed away three years ago.

His loved ones characterised him as a disciplinarian and a hard worker who taught fundamental concepts and values in all of his children and supported all of their aspirations. This investment paid off in a large way, considering that the Wayans are a household name, therefore his efforts were lauded as successful.

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