Martin star Tommy Mikal Ford passed away at age 52 today. Ford’s wife told TMZ he had been in the hospital on Sunday due to a ruptured aneurysm in his abdomen. The star’s family confirmed his passing on Instagram and released a statement: “It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of our beloved Son, father, brother, husband, and friend Tommy Mykhal Ford. On behalf of the family we would like to thank everyone for their love, support and prayers. Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming. Please respect the privacy of the Ford family during our time of grief.”
Though most famous for his role on Martin, Ford also appeared on The Jamie Foxx Show, The Parkers, and Who's Got Jokes?
Fans and celebrities alike have reacted to Ford’s passing. Celebrities that have reacted include Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, Larry Wilmore, and Billy Bellamy, who appeared alongside Ford on Who’s Got Jokes?
The world is going to greatly miss all the joy and laughter that you brought to it. Thinking of Tommy Ford’s family and friends today.— LLCOOLJ. (@llcoolj) October 12, 2016
This is really sad. Way too young. RIP Tommy. https://t.co/VtFm6WtPAo— Larry Wilmore (@larrywilmore) October 12, 2016
I will never forget this day and how hype I was to meet Bill Bellemy and Tommy Ford... One of my… https://t.co/jRGa6Dpo8v— Lil Rel Howery (@LilRel4) October 12, 2016
RIP Tommy Ford. Man sad news and especially at such a young age. Martin is my favorite show— Mario Chalmers (@mchalmers15) October 12, 2016