The legendary Spike Lee actor, Thomas Jefferson Byrd, has tragically died.
Byrd, who appeared in such films as Clockers, Get on the Bus, Bamboozled, not only passed away, but was found murdered in Atlanta.
Our thoughts go out to his family and friends during this hard time.
Keep scrolling to learn more about Byrd and his death.
Rest in peace.
Thomas Jefferson Byrd has tragically died.The iconic actor, Thomas Jefferson Byrd has tragically died after he was found murdered in Atlanta.
Byrd was perhaps best known for his work with Spike Lee.
RIP Thomas Jefferson Byrd. 🙏🏾— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@🏁 Jamal Crawford)1601841245.0
As you are probably aware.Spike Lee is one of the biggest directors in the world.
He's made some of the most legendary films of all time.Ranging from Malcolm X, to BlacKkKlansman, to 25th Hour.
Spike himself confirmed the news.He shared a photo of Byrd, a still from his role in the 1995 film Clockers, as the character Errol Barnes.
Spike captioned the post:
That scene in “Bamboozled” changed my life..... “Niggaz is a beautiful thing”..... RIP Thomas Jefferson Byrd— Coop 🇯🇲🇧🇧 (@Coop 🇯🇲🇧🇧)1601835261.0
I’m So Sad To Announce The Tragic Murder Of Our Beloved Brother Thomas Jefferson Byrd Last Night In Atlanta,Georgia.
"Tom Is My Guy."
RIP to Thomas Jefferson Byrd. Going to miss seeing you on screen sir. All the best to his family. https://t.co/YAgn5AKJhP— Andrew Hamilton (@Andrew Hamilton)1601841480.0
Here Below You See Him As The Frightening Character Errol Barnes In CLOCKERS. Brother Byrd Also Did His Thang In My Joints- CHI-RAQ,SWEET BLOOD OF JESUS, RED HOOK SUMMER,BAMBOOZLED,HE GOT GAME,GET ON THE BUS,GIRL 6 And CLOCKERS.
"May We All Wish Condolences And Blessings To His Family. Rest In Peace Brother Byrd."
This Is The Introduction Scene Of Thomas Jefferson Byrd’s Dope Fiend Character Errol Barnes In CLOCKERS With Strike.
But Byrd wasn't only an actor on the big screen.
On the stage he was in some award winning performances.Such as the San Diego Repertory Theater's award-winning performance of Spunk.
He was also nominated for Broadway's 2003 Tony Award as Best Actor.For his stunning revival of August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.
Tributes have been pouring in for the actor following the news of his murder.
long live the art created by thomas jefferson byrd, a captivating character actor in spike lee films and famously,… https://t.co/ZkWiO3CPjO— Brandon Caldwell (@Brandon Caldwell)1601837495.0
Long live the art created by Thomas Jefferson Byrd, a captivating character actor in spike lee films and famously, the antagonist who helped set the plot of set it off in motion. “IF YOU DON’T WANNA WORK FOR LUTHERS!" A tragedy he was murdered in Atlanta.
Another fan wrote:
Rest in Peace Thomas Jefferson Byrd. You may remember him from “Set It Off” “Clockers” and “Get On The Bus” He was… https://t.co/cywjbQh39l— Craig™ (@Craig™)1601834297.0
Rest In Peace to the legendary Thomas Jefferson Byrd seen here with me and the iconic Spike Lee. I had the honor of working with Mr. Byrd in CHI-RAQ but enjoyed much of his work.
A third paid tribute to the actor.
Rest In Peace to the legendary Thomas Jefferson Byrd seen here with me and the iconic Spike Lee. I had the honor of… https://t.co/Rxuct0fXV3— Jay Washington (@Jay Washington)1601835101.0
RIP Thomas Jefferson Byrd. One of Spike Lee’s go-to artists. Byrd’s screen characters always made a strong impression. Such singular choices. Like in HE GOT GAME, I remember his pimp character was film literate and had a funny way of saying “familiarity." Movies live forever.
Spike Lee paid yet another tribute
This Is One Of My Fav Scenes In CLOCKERS. With KRS-1 Blasting OUTTA HERE Our Late,Great Brother Thomas Jefferson Byrd As ERROL BARNES Meets His Demise From A Young Black Child.
Byrd was tragically murdered.
RIP Thomas Jefferson Byrd 🕊 thank you for your amazing work #SetItOff #luther #rip #Trending https://t.co/oVf3kot4gj— JackieO (@JackieO)1601838470.0
There they found Byrd.
Another talented brotha gone. Rest In Power Thomas Jefferson Byrd https://t.co/zqYxSpAYbp— Ace (@Ace)1601833982.0
Emergency workers pronounced him dead.
Rest in piece Thomas Jefferson Byrd https://t.co/lTs5WVeeVU— Anwar Uhuru Ph.D. (@Anwar Uhuru Ph.D.)1601836322.0
Homicide detectives are investigating.
He embodied every character he played 🌹🙏🏾 Rest peacefully Thomas Jefferson Byrd #ray #Trending https://t.co/Q1YIKJvG4W— JackieO (@JackieO)1601842290.0