‘Friday’ Star Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister Jr.’s Cause of Death Revealed

Tommy “Tiny” Lister Jr.’s cause of death has been revealed.

On Wednesday, TMZ reported that the actor — who famously played neighborhood bully Deebo in the “Friday” franchise — passed away last December from hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, commonly known as heart disease.

Per documents obtained by the outlet, the medical examiner said the 62-year-old tested positive for COVID-19 but ultimately did not die due to the virus.

The papers also state Lister had an enlarged heart with high blood pressure, poor circulation in his legs, coronary artery disease, and fluid in his chest when he passed.

Last December, law enforcement sources told TMZ that officials were called to the actor’s Marina Del Rey apartment just before 3 p.m. in response to an unconscious male. When authorities arrived, Lister was pronounced dead at the scene.

That day, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department released a statement saying friends and business associates became worried about Lister when they hadn’t heard from him for a period of time.

While speaking to CNN, Lister’s manager Cindy Cowan said her client began experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 the week before his death.

Cowan said Lister’s ailments “got really bad, really quick,” and he was forced to cancel a movie shoot.

“Tiny doesn’t miss movies; he took it very seriously,” she said at the time.

In addition to the “Friday” film series, Lister also appeared in movies such as “The Fifth Element” and “Jackie Brown.”

The character actor — who was affectionately known as “Tiny” despite his 6-foot-5 frame — also had two short professional wrestling stints, and appeared in the 1989 movie “No Holds Barred” with Hulk Hogan.

He will be missed.


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