Just Days Before He Died of Coronavirus, “Friday” Actor Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister Looked Visibly Ill in Final Interview Where He Vowed to Take Vaccine Because He Had ‘Work to Do’

DailyMailTV can reveal Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister gave a final interview days before he died in which he vowed to take the coronavirus vaccine because he’s got ‘work to do’

Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister gave a final interview days before he died in which he vowed to take the coronavirus vaccine because he’s got ‘work to do’, DailyMailTV can reveal.

The beloved Hollywood star, who died Thursday from Covid-19 related symptoms – the second time he’s had the virus this year – was diabetic so would have been among the first to get the vaccine.

Lister, 62, who most notably played the bully Deebo in the Friday films, spoke to TV and radio personality Brandon Jay on December 4.

And in the video, given to DailyMailTV exclusively, the actor looked visibly ill, had a hoarse voice and regularly cleared his throat with a cough during the 13 minute chat.

The star also wore a mask for the entire interview which was conducted over Zoom from his Marina Del Rey apartment – the same location his body was found Thursday.

Show host Brandon Jay, 36, who is currently based in South Carolina, told DailyMailTV that he could tell the actor wasn’t well during their late night interview a week ago

When host Jay asked Lister about the difficulties of making movies during lockdown, he responded: ‘Hollywood not gonna stop… I’ve got so much stuff on my plate. Hollywood gonna crank all the way back up to January. Hollywood gonna go all over the world, gonna crank it up.

‘And they got the vaccine right. So the vaccine gives you 12 months, I’m taking that vaccine, I’m taking it.

‘My grandmother was Lucille Ball’s maid…and she said this, “If your brothers run off the cliff do you run off the cliff too”. I’m takin’ the vaccine because I’ve got work to do too, especially for the kingdom of Jesus Christ.’

Lister also referenced news that former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton are volunteering to get their Covid-19 vaccines on camera together, saying he would get his too.

The star added that he plans to spend the Christmas holidays at home watching basketball, eating and spending time with his teenage daughter Faith.

Show host Jay, 36, who is currently based in South Carolina, told DailyMailTV that he could tell the actor wasn’t well during their late night interview a week ago.

‘I could tell he was sick, but I did not want to interfere with the continuity of the interview so I tried to keep it fun, that’s what Tiny is all about, he’s a class act,’ he said.

‘He didn’t mention being sick but we talked about the coronavirus vaccine and he mentioned being one of the first ones in line and being like Obama, Bush and Clinton.

‘He struggled to speak at times, clearing his throat constantly, it’s very sad, he was such a genuine guy.’

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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Ryan Parry