'Friday' Actor Tommy 'Tiny' Lister Dead at 62

The actor was reportedly found unconscious Thursday in his Los Angeles area apartment. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 22: Actor Tommy 'Tiny' Lister arrives for The Los Angeles Premiere of Showtime's "Spartacus: War Of The Damned" held at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live Stadium 14 on January 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)

tommy tiny lister dead 62

Tommy "Tiny" Lister, best known for his role in the Friday franchise, has reportedly died at the age of 62.

Sources tell TMZ the actor was found unconscious Thursday in his Los Angeles area apartment. He was declared dead at the scene, and officials have yet to determine a cause of death. His manager, Cindy Cowan, confirmed the news to Variety.

"He was a wonderful guy with a heart of gold. Everyone loved him. A real gentle giant," Cowan said. "We’re all devastated." Cowan told CNN that Lister was experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and that it "got really bad, really quick."

The Compton-native is survived by a daughter. Complex will provide updated information as it becomes available.

Lister began his entertainment career in the 1980s, making a name for himself opposite of WWF legends like Hulk Hogan. The 6'5" actor would go on to build an impressive filmography, taking on dozens of roles as intimidating characters. In addition to portraying Friday's Deebo, he also starred in movies like The Players Club, The Fifth Element, Jackie Brown, Austin Powers in Goldmember, The Dark Knight, and Zootopia.

Mourning fans have since flooded social media with tribute posts, recognizing Lister's contributions to film and TV. You can read some of the messages below.

R.I.P. Tommy ‘Tiny' Lister.

The real ZEUS. pic.twitter.com/9m4FFe9piK

— Justin Davis (D4C) (@OGJOHNNY5) December 11, 2020

HEARTBREAKING: Friday star (Deebo) Tommy "tiny" Lister dies at age 62. #RIPDeebo 🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/CJn3mQ23LS

— rufus sports page (@RufusRufus615) December 11, 2020

Tommy “Tiny” Lister aka Debo reportedly dead at age 62 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/VEOGwRPERd

— Kollege Kidd (@KollegeKidd) December 11, 2020

Sad news. RIP Tiny Lister. #Zeus. https://t.co/M9fA0gNCnT

— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) December 11, 2020

2020 just did what Craig, a brick, and prison couldn’t do

Rip Tiny Lister Aka Deebo pic.twitter.com/cnlpeictJi

— “Its Pronounced Ky•Ree” available now (@KhairyCreek) December 11, 2020

According to TMZ, ‘Friday’ Star Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister has been found dead at age 62.

He was an amazing man. We send our condolences to his family, friends and fans. 💔 pic.twitter.com/fFS0sbSjla

— Affinity Magazine (@TheAffinityMag) December 11, 2020

RIP Thomas ‘Tiny’ Lister, you changed the game with Deebo.

— Ahmed/The Ears/IG: BigBizTheGod 🇸🇴 (@big_business_) December 11, 2020

Rip Thomas Tiny Lister, known in the WWE as Zeus. Another one gone it’s sad to see 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/uejimnMvMX

— WWE Ruthless Aggression Era (@WWERuthlessEra) December 11, 2020

#RIP Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister

One the great character actors. pic.twitter.com/zYc3NJsksP

— JTE (@JTEmoviethinks) December 11, 2020

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