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Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister, who played Deebo in ‘Friday,’ dies at 62

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Tommy “Tiny” Lister

Tommy “Tiny” Lister, a former professional wrestler who was known for his bullying Deebo character in the “Friday” films, has died.

Lister was 62. Lister’s manager, Cindy Cowan, said he was found unconscious in his home in Marina Del Rey, California, on Thursday afternoon. He was however pronounced dead at the scene.

Lister was  pronounced dead at the scene. Cowan said Lister was diagnosed with COVID-19 earlier this year.

Cowan said the actor overcame the virus, but he became sick about a week ago and recently had trouble breathing.

The cause of death has not been released, and the coroner’s office is investigating.

Lister’s most notable role as an actor came in the 1995 film “Friday”.

He portrayed the of Deebo, a felon who was well known for his bully act who terrorized his neighborhood with intimidation.

His infamous line was “Get knocked out like your father used to.”

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Lister was best known as Deebo from Friday. Deebo was the neighborhood bully and antagonist to Ice Cube’s character, Craig Jones. He reprised the role in the film’s sequel, Next Friday, but did not appear in the third film of the series, Friday After Next. He did, however, appear in Cube’s director debut The Players Club. He also played the role of Obodo in Mario Van Peeble’s “Posse” (1993).

 

He had two short professional wrestling stints, wrestling Hulk Hogan in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) after appearing as Zeus in the 1989 movie No Holds Barred and resuming the feud as Z-Gangsta in 1996 for World Championship Wrestling (WCW). He was blind in his right eye.

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Lister was born in Compton, California, on June 24, 1958. Lister was born blind in his right eye due to a detached and deformed retina. He avoided the local gang life in Compton by developing an interest in films and religion.

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“RIP Tiny “Deebo” Lister,” Ice Cube said Thursday night on Instagram. “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.”

The death was first reported by celebrity website TMZ.

 

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