Tommy Lister AKA Deebo has passed away
Reports have confirmed that Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister, otherwise renowned globally as Deebo from the classic Friday movie, has passed away.
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As reported by the Associated Press, the 62-year-old was found unconscious in his home in California, on Thursday afternoon.
His manager, Cindy Cowan, told reporters that Lister had contracted Covid-19 earlier in the year but had overcome the virus. However, about a week ago, she claimed Lister became sick and had complained about respiratory problems.
“He was a gentle giant. He had a smile as broad as you could imagine. He’s going to be missed by so many. We’re all devastated,” she said.
Remembering the legendary Deebo
The world outside of the United States (US) was first introduced to Deebo when he was cast for the menacing but oddly funny character on Ice Cube’s Friday franchise.
In the movie, he was an ex-convict that towered over his neighbourhood and demanded nothing but respect or else you’ll “get knocked out like your father used to.”
Among other appearances, these are his most notable:
- The Fifth Element;
- The Dark Knight; and
- _Austin Powers in Goldmember”
Celebrities and fans of the legendary wrestler-turned-actor have reacted to the news of his untimely passing. Here are some of the reactions we found on social media:
RIP Tiny “Deebo” Lister. America’s favorite bully was a born entertainer who would pop into character at the drop of a hat terrifying people on and off camera. Followed by a big smile and laugh. Thank you for being a good dude at heart. I miss you already. pic.twitter.com/jIl8yEZU9c— Ice Cube (@icecube) December 11, 2020
🥺 gotta watch the Fridays tonight. Rip Deebo— Victoria Monét (@VictoriaMonet) December 11, 2020
If I see you in the NXT parking lot tomorrow, I’m taking your chain. It seems like the right thing to do. RIP Deebo.— Malcolm (@Malcolmvelli) December 11, 2020
Zeus should be in the WWE Hall of Fame already, Damm shame he isn't especially with some that are in it!— Hey Yo! (@JustJeremyHeyYo) December 11, 2020
Anyways! Zeus Hall of Fame 2021!!! #RipTommyLister
Deebo iconic character 😥 pic.twitter.com/6LC49Onnxj