Tommy ‘Tiny Lister’, the Deebo star from Friday, has died at the age of 62.

Tom ‘Tiny’ Lister was found dead on December 10th, 2020, TMZ has first reported.

The original article about the actor was published in November 2020 when he fell victim to a celebrity death hoax following a tribute by Ice Cube on Twitter.

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Who was Tommy ‘Lister’ Jr?

Thomas ‘Tiny’ Lister Jr was born on June 24th, 1958 in Compton, California.

He used to play basketball but turned to acting after he landed several minor roles. Tom starred as a prison guard in the 1985 movie Runaway Train and played Andy Garcia’s bodyguard in 8 Million Ways to Die (1986). 

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One of his most memorable appearances was in the cult comedy Friday, which features famous names such as rapper Ice Cube and actor Chris Tucker. Tom portrayed a character called Deebo and reprised his role in the 2000 sequel, Next Friday.

The actor has gained a solid following on Instagram where he amassed 255k followers.

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Previous tribute from Ice Cube explained

At the time of the death hoax, Sunday (November 15th), false rumours spread on the internet claiming that Tom Lister Jr had died.

Lister regularly took to his social media handles and at the time he shared a behind-the-scenes Instagram photo from a set.

Back in November, some fans misread Ice Cube’s tribute on Twitter and Tommy became a subject of a death hoax.

Ice Cube paid his respects to someone called Big Sam, the person who inspired Deebo’s character in the movie Friday.

In his tribute, Ice Cube wrote:

Following the sad news about Tommy’s death, Ice Cube paid a touching tribute to the actor. He wrote:

“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. Followed by a big smile and laugh. Thank you for being a good dude at heart. I miss you already.”

Who is Big Sam?

As Ice Cube said in his tribute, Big Sam is the person who inspired Deebo’s character in Friday.

However, Big Sam’s identity hasn’t been revealed and it remains unconfirmed if this is related to an incident in Inglewood which took place on Sunday morning.