It was reported last month that the beloved actor and wrestler, Tommy "Tiny" Lister, had sadly died at the age of sixty-two.
And now, his death certificate has revealed a secret name change...
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— The Realist #2 (@The Realist #2)1607652534.0
@breakfastclubam Damn 2020 just won’t stop RIP tiny— Milano Sad Face (@Milano Sad Face)1607654498.0
@thhgurutv My man will be quoted for generations to come. RIP Deebo— Don Juan Dojah (@Don Juan Dojah)1607677385.0
@mefeater I remember he first started as Zeus in that Hulk Hogan movie. Damn, I was just talking about his career. Rest easy— Rex Feral (@Rex Feral)1607654031.0
rest in peace legend #tommylister https://t.co/fRfS0NPy09— END SARS 🇳🇬 (@END SARS 🇳🇬)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
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 says 🍇 buy $Bitcoin $Ethereum (@♓️ Von says 🍇 buy $Bitcoin $Ethereum)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...
He recovered, but Cowan admitted he had trouble breathing after becoming sick just a week ago. He was found dead at the scene.
His cause of death isn't yet known.
But now, over a month on from the tragedy, his death certificate has revealed something surprising.
His death certificate shows that Lister had legally changed his name to reflect his most famous role.
From Thomas Duane Lister Jr. to Tommy Debo Lister.
Rest in peace.
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