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Tommy Lister AKA Deebo has passed away

Posted by Andile Sicetsha

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: