Late last year, beloved actor and wrestler, Tommy "Tiny" Lister, sadly died at the age of sixty-two.
And now, the real cause of his death has been revealed...
While Tommy "Tiny" Lister's did have COVID-19 at the time of his death...
The L.A. County Medical Examiner has now confirmed that's not what caused his death.
The shocking news devastated fans of the star...
And hundreds were quick to posted tributes while remembering his best performances.
@GrapeRipple Damn 2020...I will be watching Friday tomorrow.— JT (@JT)1607653715.0
@RanesHook @BulletproofPod @baker_johnnie @DocJohn90 @SpruceYelverton @TrashCanDanpt3 @WorldFilmGeek @bonkersasscin… https://t.co/zfcmwp1Lb6— @robopulp (@@robopulp)1607659613.0
@breakfastclubam OMG 😢😢 #RIP to him.A great person and actor.I loved him as #Deebo in the Friday movies.He will be missed— One of the best (@One of the best)1607652534.0
Damn 2020 just won’t stop RIP tiny— Milano Sad Face (@DukeNukem3D0) December 11, 2020
My man will be quoted for generations to come. RIP Deebo— Don Juan Dojah (@DonJuanDojah) December 11, 2020
rest in peace legend #tommylister https://t.co/fRfS0NPy09— net30noire (@net30noire)1607656498.0
Lister was known for his variety of performances, but his towering 6'5 height made him even more memorable...
Alright now don’t be bullying people in heaven too 🤣💪🏿. Deebo : you ain't gonna fight me because your nothing but a… https://t.co/N35fxuZUfq— GorgeouslyNel (@GorgeouslyNel)1607652442.0
However, his manager, Cindy Cowen, called him "a gentle giant" with "a smile as broad as you could imagine."
He was known best for his performance in the 1995 comedy Friday, where he played Deebo.
His character became more than just a person, but became an action. No one ever wanted to be Deebo'd. #RIP Tommy L… https://t.co/jDIwk0KLxI— ccede (@ccede)1607653809.0
A neighbor of the main characters who ended up making his mark on the film.
He also appeared as a prisoner in Christopher Nolan's 2008 blockbuster, The Dark Knight.
Sad news for us cult cinephiles: brawny man of action (and comedy) #Tommylister has passed away. RIP https://t.co/aDAwYOmkjs— Cesare Augusto (@Cesare Augusto)1607658818.0
Lister's other notable roles include The Fifth Element (1997), Little Nicky (2000), and Austin Powers in Goldmember (2020).
But, in December last year, tragedy struck.
Y’all loved him in Friday, I loved him in The Fifth Element. 🥺😢 rest in power #TommyLister https://t.co/HJlbTRrqre— ♓️ Von 🍇 Justice for Breonna Taylor (@♓️ Von 🍇 Justice for Breonna Taylor)1607653548.0
Telling TMZ that he had been found unconscious in his California home on Thursday, December 10th, Cowen said:
"He was a wonderful guy with a heart of gold. Everyone loved him. A real gentle giant. We're all devastated."
Lister had been diagnosed with Covid-19 earlier last year.
RIP Tommy "Tiny" Lister. Our condolences & love go out to his family and friends tonight ❤🙏🏾 #DEEBO https://t.co/NUjBgqsOWX— The Breakfast Club (@The Breakfast Club)1607652135.0
He recovered, but Cowan admitted he had trouble breathing after becoming sick just a week before. He was found dead at the scene.
His cause of death was just speculation, until now.
Almost 5 months on from the tragedy, the L.A. County Medical Examiner has revealed something surprising.
According to his autopsy, the Friday star died of hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease...
Otherwise known as heart disease.
In documents, obtained by TMZ, a nasal swab also came back positive for COVID-19.
Additionally, he had an enlarged heart with high blood pressure, poor circulation in his legs and coronary artery disease.
Rest in peace.
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