Tommy “Tiny” Lister has passed away at the age of 62. The former actor and professional wrestler was found dead in his home by his manager in Marina Del Rey, California. According to Associated Press, Lister was diagnosed with COVID-19 earlier this year but he overcame the deadly disease. His manager, Cindy Cowan, claims that he became sick last week and had extreme trouble with breathing. The cause of death has not been released, and the coroner’s office is investigating.
Career On TV
Tommy “Tiny” Lister has appeared in plenty of famous movies over his career in acting. Some of his biggest movies were “The Fifth Element” with Bruce Willis, “Beverly Hills Cop II” with Eddie Murphy, and even the “Dark Knight” in 2008. He also had a short stint in the World Wrestling Federation under the moniker, Z-Gangsta, after appearing in the movie “No Holds Barred” as wrestler Zeus with superstar wrestler, Hulk Hogan.
WWE is saddened to learn that Tom “Tiny” Lister, known as Zeus to the WWE Universe, passed away today at age 62.https://t.co/ZhueFZ2hDw
— WWE (@WWE) December 11, 2020
Tommy Listers was most known for his role in the 1995 pop culture phenomenon, “Friday” and the sequel in 2000, “Next Friday”. He played the neighborhood bully named “Deebo”. His character was so famous that the name “Deebo” became a verb used by youth to mean steal or rob something of value from another person.
Celebrities Mourn His Death
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“RIP Tiny “Deebo” Lister. 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.” said Ice Cube. “Followed by a big smile and laugh. Thank you for being a good dude at heart. I miss you already.”
Tommy “Tiny” Lister was a large 6’5″, 275 pound man and appeared to be absolutely terrifying, but he was a “gentle giant” according to family and friends. He will surely be missed on the big screen.
Rest In Peace