Tommy “Tiny” Lister, an actor best known for his comedic role as Deebo in Friday and the sequel Next Friday, has died, multiple outlets reported Thursday. He was 62.
Lister’s manager, Cindy Cowan, told the Associated Press that Lister was found unconscious in his home in Marina Del Rey, California, on Thursday afternoon. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Cowan said Lister was diagnosed with COVID-19 earlier this year and the actor overcame the virus, but he became sick about a week ago and recently had trouble breathing.
The cause of death has not been released, and the coroner’s office is investigating.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department shared in a press release with The Hollywood Reporter that Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide investigators were looking into an incident reported Thursday at 2:50 p.m. on the 4100 block of Via Marina in Marina del Rey regarding the the death of a male black adult.
Lister, who was dubbed the nickname “Tiny” despite being 6’5, grew popular from his tough guy roles in the 1980s. Apart from starring in Friday (1995) and Next Friday (2000), the actor also had roles in sci-fi 1997 hit The Fifth Element, starred as the villain Zeus in No Holds Barred (1989)and voiced the character Finnick in Zootopia (2016).
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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter, Lexy Perez and Sharareh Drury