Tommy “Tiny” Lister, known for his role as Deebo in the Friday films, died in December at age of 62. Now the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner has released his cause of death.
The coroner’s office issued its report Thursday, saying the actor died on Dec. 10 of hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. His manner of death was listed as “natural.” The report did not list any other medical conditions besides heart disease that may have contributed to Lister’s death, although he contracted COVID-19 shortly before he passed away.
As previously reported, Urban Hollywood 411 spoke with his manager Cindy Cowan in December who believed at the time that he died from “untreated” coronavirus. “He went really quick,” Cowan told us.
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According to Cowan, Lister was getting ready to film a new movie but due to COVID-19 complications, he became too sick to work.
He was found deceased at 3 a.m. on Dec. 10, in his Marina del Rey apartment.
Lister was born in Compton in 1958. The actor, who was blind in his right eye, appeared in Friday (1995) and the sequel Next Friday (2000). He also had roles in I Got the Hook Up 2 (2019), Zootopia (2016), and The Dark Knight (2008). In addition to acting, he wrestled in the World Wrestling Federation in the 1980s, under the names “Zeus” and “ZGangsta.”
His friends, including Friday actor and co-writer Ice Cube, posted condolences on social media when he died.
“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,” Ice Cube tweeted. “Followed by a big smile and laugh. Thank you for being a good dude at heart. I miss you already.”