11 December 2020 22:34
Tommy Lister, a 6-foot-5-inch actor nicknamed Tiny who played the hulking neighborhood bully Deebo in the "Friday" films, has died at his home in Marina del Rey, Calif. Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies visited Mr. Lister's home on Thursday to do a welfare check, urged by friends and business associates who had grown concerned after not hearing from him. Mr. Lister was found dead inside the home, the Sheriff's Department said. The department said that Mr. Lister's death was being investigated and that a cause would be determined by the county medical examiner-coroner's office, but added that the actor's death "appears to be of natural causes." Cindy Cowan, Mr. Lister's friend and manager, said in an interview on Friday that by Wednesday night, none of his friends had heard from him for several days. After one of them knocked on his door and got no answer, the person contacted the authorities.
"I think we are all shocked," she said.