Wayne Howell Wayans family patriarch has died at 86 – father of 10 ‘giant’ famous children taught beloved sons being men meant putting ‘family first’
- On Saturday, his son, Marlon, confirmed the death of Howell Wayans at the age of 86, of unknown causes.
- Marlon called his father a “legend” and said he was “the perfect man for all your children” and taught them what a man is like
- Raising 10 famous children, Howell has gone on to write, produce, and direct numerous films and TV shows
The patriarch of the Wayne Howell Wayans family has passed away at the age of 86 of unknown causes as his famous children always remember him putting “family first.”
Marlon, the son of Howell Wayans, confirmed the news Saturday on Instagram, calling his father a “legend” and saying he is “the perfect man for all of your boys.”
When I was a kid I asked my dad what did you want to be when you 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.
When he told his father that every little boy eventually becomes a man, Howell told him that was “not true” and that “a man takes care of himself and his responsibilities. His family is always first.”
Howell Wayans (right) passed away at the age of 86, his son Marlon (left) confirmed Saturday. Marlon said his father taught him that “a man takes care of himself and his responsibilities. His family always comes first, and he strived to be that
Howell (right) was the father of 10 famous children, including Marlon, Keenen, Sean, Damien (second right), and Craig (left).
“Since that day I’ve wanted to be a man,” Marlon wrote in a tribute post. Thank you, Bob, for being an example of a man to all of your boys. I pray that all black boys will grow up to be a man like you.
Little kid loves you. And if I ever need you, I know exactly where to find you…in my Bible which now sits by my bed. rest well. Ma kiss for me. Tell her that her children miss her. I have two angels. I feel you really lift me up. He concluded that if there is heaven I know you are sitting in a VIP sippin’ “the best wine Jesus could make”.
The patriarch raised his family of comedians—including Marlon, Keenen, Shawn, and Damien—in New York City alongside his late wife, Elvira, who passed away three years ago. The family’s combined net worth is $100 million.
Howell raised his children in New York City, along with his wife, Elvira, who had died three years earlier
The Howell kids (pictured) have gone on to produce, write and direct several TV shows and movies, including the hit White Chicks, which starred Marlon and Shawn
His children have co-produced, written, and directed several television shows and films, including the popular White Chicks, which starred Marlon and Sean.
Family friend Omar Ibbs also posted a tribute to the patriarch, calling him a “giant”.
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 (for) my entire life. Always teaching me, giving me the jewels with which I walk to this day. I love you, Bob!
Thank you for taking me under your wing as if I were one of your own. We are all devastated, but you have somehow prepared us for this moment. I love you!!’
Comedian D.L. Hughley also wrote: ‘He was a gentleman and a king among men. It is evident in the family legacy he raised (and) cared for.