Former wrestler and actor Tommy “Tony” Lister, best known for playing the comedy film Debo on Friday, has died at the age of 62.
Lister was found unconscious Thursday afternoon at his Marina del Rena home in Los Angeles County, California, his manager Cindy Coven said.
He added that he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The coroner is investigating the cause of death.
Ms Cowan said Lister defeated COVID-19 earlier this year, but about a week ago she fell ill and developed breathing problems.
She described Lister as a “gentle giant”: “She had as much a smile as you can imagine.
“It will be missed by many. We are all doomed.”
Lister began his career as a wrestler, also standing 6 feet 5in with broad shoulders and weighing 275lb.
Her early roles include HBO Football Series 1 and 10, Bedley Hills Cop II with Eddie Murphy, and No Hold’s Bared, a 1989 film in which her character Zeus challenged Hulk Hogan to wrestling.
But his most famous appearance was playing the hard crime, Debo, in the 1995 film Friday and in its sequel five years later.
Debo was a neighborhood harassment that frightened and intimidated residents. He utters the infamous line: “Knock like your father”.
Lister also starred in Goldmember’s Fifth Element, The Dark Knight and in Stein Powers.
Ice Cube was one of the celebrities who posted tribline tributes. He wrote on Twitter: “RIP Tiny ‘Debo’ Lister. America’s favorite villain was an innate entertainer who would pop on the drop of a hat and the character of the people who scared the camera mera. Then a big smile and laughter. A good bride at heart for thanking. .I miss you already. “
RIP Tiny Lister, aka Debo, aka Zeus, aka President Lindbergh, aka Winston, is out on bail. One of the best movie villains. Without saying a word, Butch and Sneer hid them all. No one ever felt more terrified in Pendleton. What a legend pic.twitter.com/O9EbQHki5k
– Otto von Bees Marquee (25 Pensvis) December 11, 2020
Rapper Ice-T posted a series of photos of Lister, along with these words: “Today I am dedicating my page as a tribute to my close friend ‘Tiny Lister’ aka Debo, aka Zeus, aka Cleats. (Sic) Coming soon. . “
Entertainment and rapper Otto von Biz Marquee tweeted: “RIP Tiny Lister, aka Debo, aka Zeus, aka President Lindbergh, aka Winston is out on bail.
“One of the all-time movie villains. Without saying a word, Butch and Sneer were all sent in disguise. No one in Pendleton has ever felt more terrified. What a legend this is.”
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