Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister, ‘Friday’ star and pro wrestler, dies at age 62
Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister, who played Deebo in ‘Friday,’ dies at 62,
Lister’s manager, Cindy Cowan, said he was found unconscious in his home in Marina Del Rey, California,
on Thursday afternoon. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Cowan said Lister was diagnosed with Covid-19 earlier this year. She said the actor overcame the virus,
but he became sick about a week ago and recently had trouble breathing.
The cause of death has not been released, and the coroner’s office is investigating.
“He was a gentle giant,” Cowan said. “He had a smile as broad as you could imagine. He’s going to be missed by
so many. We’re all devastated.”
Lister, born in Compton and blind in his right eye, was also the 1982 Division II NCAA shot put champion
at Cal State-Los Angeles.
“America’s favorite bully was a born entertainer who would pop into character at the drop of a hat terrifying
people on and off camera. Followed by a big smile and laugh,” Ice Cube wrote in an Instagram post. “Thank you
for being a good dude at heart. I miss you already.”