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Tommy 'Tiny' Lister: Wrestler and Friday actor dies aged 62

Manager Cindy Cowan says he overcame COVID-19 earlier this year but became sick about a week ago and developed breathing troubles.

Tommy "Tiny" Lister, a former wrestler and actor well-known for playing Deebo in the comedy film Friday, has died aged 62.

Lister was found unconscious at his Marina Del Rey home in Los Angeles County, California, on Thursday afternoon, his manager Cindy Cowan said.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, she added.

during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 22, 2015 in Fontana, California.
Image: Lister poses with a fan during the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

The coroner is investigating the cause of death.

Ms Cowan said Lister overcame COVID-19 earlier this year but became sick about a week ago and developed breathing troubles.

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She described Lister as "a gentle giant", adding: "He had a smile as broad as you could imagine.

"He's going to be missed by so many. We're all devastated."

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Lister started his career as a wrestler, standing 6ft 5in with broad shoulders and weighing 275lb.

His early roles included in HBO football series 1st & Ten, Beverly Hills Cop II with Eddie Murphy, and No Holds Barred, the 1989 film where his character Zeus challenged Hulk Hogan in wrestling.

I’m dedicating my page today as a Tribute to my close friend ‘Tiny Lister’ aka Debo, aka Zeus, aka Cleatus.. Gone far to soon. Rest easy Big Homie

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