Roommate, we’re saddened that beloved actor Tony “Tiny” Lister, best known for playing “Deebo” in the “Friday” franchise, passed away at the age of 62.
According to TMZ, law enforcement officials told them they received a phone call in Tinys Marina Del Rey, California, shortly before 3 p.m. today about an unconscious man.
Sources said Tiny was not taken to hospital because he was pronounced dead on the scene. The Los Angeles County coroner’s office was sent to his home, but a cause of death has yet to be disclosed.
Tiny has appeared in a number of films. His acting career dates back to the 80s, though he will always be known as Deebo to many Friday fans.
He also played President Lindberg in the science fiction action film “The Fifth Element,” and more recently his career was still flourishing when he appeared in the box office hit “The Dark Knight.”
He also voiced the character Finnick in the children’s film “Zootopia”. In addition to acting, Tiny had two short pro-wrestling stints and in 1989 played alongside Hulk Hogan – of course as the villain Zeus – in the film “No Holds Barred”.
He’s not the first of the “Friday” franchise to leave. Fans were devastated when the legendary John “Pops” Witherspoon passed away in late October 2019 at the age of 77.
“It is with great sadness that we can confirm that our beloved husband and father, John Witherspoon, one of the hardest working men in show business, died today at his Sherman Oaks home at the age of 77,” Witherspoon’s family said in a statement Deadline. “He is survived by his wife Angela and his sons JD, Alexander and a large family. We’re all in shock, please give us a minute for privacy and we will celebrate his life and work together. John always said, “I’m not a big deal,” but he was a big deal to us. “
Our hearts and prayers go out to the fans and loved ones of Tiny Lister and John Witherspoon at this time.
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