‘Friday’ star Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister dies at 62


Tommy “Tiny” Lister, who starred in the 1995 film “Friday,” has died. He was 62.

According to TMZ, the actor was found unconscious in his Los Angeles area home on Thursday afternoon. Lister was pronounced dead at the scene and no cause of death has been revealed.

His death was later confirmed by Lister’s manager Cindy Cowan.

“He was a wonderful guy with a heart of gold. Everyone loved him. A real gentle giant,” Cowan told Variety. “We’re all devastated.”

Born blind in his right eye in Compton, California, Lister attended California State University at Los Angeles. Nicknamed “Tiny,” he actually stood 6 feet, 5 inches tall.

Professionally, he is most famous for playing neighborhood bully Deebo in “Friday” and its 2000 sequel, “Next Friday.”

Other roles include appearances in “Fifth Element,” “Beverly Hills Cop II,” “Little Nicky” and “The Dark Knight.”

On the small screen, Lister had roles in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Matlock” and “The Jamie Foxx Show,” among others.

Lister also appeared in music videos for artists such as Michael Jackson (“Remember the Time”), 50 Cent (“Many Men”), Ice Cube (“You Can Do It”), Iggy Azalea (“My World”) and Akon (“So Blue”).

After appearing in the 1989 film “No Holds Barred” alongside Hulk Hogan, Lister channeled the film’s character, Zeus, into a pro wrestling stint.

Lister is survived by a daughter.

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