Roommates, we are saddened to report that beloved actor Tony “Tiny” Lister, most famously known for playing “Deebo” in the “Friday” franchise, has passed away at the age of 62.
According to TMZ, law enforcement sources told them they received a call to Tiny’s Marina Del Rey, California, apartment just before 3 p.m. today for an unconscious male.
Sources said Tiny was not taken to a hospital because he was pronounced dead at the scene. The Los Angeles County coroner’s office was dispatched to his home but a cause of death has yet to be announced.
Tiny has been in a number of films. His acting career dates back to the 80s, though for many Friday fans, he will always be known as Deebo.
He also played President Lindberg in the sci-fi action film, “The Fifth Element,” and more recently, his career was still thriving as he appeared in the box office smash 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 starred alongside Hulk Hogan — as the bad guy, Zeus, of course — in the 1989 film, “No Holds Barred.”
He is not the first person from the “Friday” franchise to leave us. Fans were devastated when the legendary John “Pops” Witherspoon passed away in late October of 2019 at the age of 77.
“It is with deepest sorrow that we can confirm our beloved husband and father, John Witherspoon, one of the hardest working men in show business, died today at his home in Sherman Oaks at the age of 77,” Witherspoon’s family said in a statement to Deadline. “He is survived by his wife Angela, and his sons JD, Alexander, and a large family. We are all in shock, please give us a minute for a moment in privacy and we will celebrate his life and his work together. John used to say ‘I’m no big deal’, but he was huge 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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