Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister was all in for the film that made him well-known — specifically, Ice Dice‘s cult traditional “Friday” — as a result of he legally modified his title to pay homage to his unforgettable character.
TMZ has obtained Tommy’s death certificate, and whereas a reason behind dying hasn’t but been formally decided … there was one very fascinating nugget we seen. His full title reads Tommy Debo Lister, very completely different from his reported delivery title … Thomas Duane Lister Jr.
It is fascinating for numerous causes. Clearly, Tommy is most well-known for portraying Deebo within the “Friday” franchise — and, no, we did not spell that unsuitable … nevertheless it seems Tommy did. In any case, it is fairly clear he beloved the character — a lot so, he truly made it a part of his real-life identification … choosing that as an alternative of “Tiny,” his longtime public nickname.
His supervisor, Cindy Cowan, tells TMZ he made the change in an L.A. courtroom about 6 months in the past — as a result of he felt his followers and the general public at massive merely knew him from “Friday.”
Like we mentioned … Tommy’s reason behind dying is pending proper now — it is listed as “deferred” on the doc, which simply means they’re nonetheless doing exams.
Keep in mind, although, many in Tommy’s quick circle imagine it was COVID-19. He was extremely sick in his remaining days — evident in a number of completely different movies he participated in — and he’d already caught the virus earlier this yr.
Whereas the medical group works on getting closure on that entrance — there’s one last item we should always notice about Tommy’s dying certificates. It says he was married to Felicia Lister.
If you understand, you understand … gotta find it irresistible.
TMZ broke the story … 62-year-old Tommy died instantly final yr at his L.A.-area residence. When paramedics arrived, he was pronounced lifeless on the scene.