Pro wrestler and actor Tommy “Tiny” Lister has died, according to Los Angeles authorities. It’s believed to be natural causes, but medical experts will determine if it was related to COVID-19 or other factors.
A release from The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department says friends and business associates of Lister became worried Thursday when they hadn’t heard from him since Wednesday night. Deputies performed a welfare check where they made their way into his apartment and found him dead.
At this point, cops say it’s believed that Lister died of natural causes … but an autopsy will be performed to determine an official cause of death.
Among his many notable roles, the Compton native played the bully Deebo in Friday and Next Friday:
After appearing in the wrestling film No Holds Barred, the 6’5″ giant continued the character Zeus in the ring, going up against Hulk Hogan and others:
As tributes poured in, his Friday costar Ice Cube reminded us that the mean guys he often played were all an act: