While Lister reportedly battled COVID-19, the actor’s death in December was caused by other complications.
Over four months after his untimely passing, Friday star Tommy “Tiny” Lister‘s cause of death has been revealed.
As theGrio previously reported, Lister died in December 2020 at the age of 62, found dead at 3 a.m. in his home in Marina del Rey. In his final interview, he was clearly battling coronavirus symptoms, as he had a hard time speaking and continued to clear his throat throughout.
At the time, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement: “Mr. Lister’s death appears to be of natural causes but will ultimately be determined by the Office of Medical Examiner-Coroner.” According to TMZ, now it has: Heart disease.
According to the official autopsy, Lister reportedly died of “hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.” TMZ also reports his autopsy reveals the actor “had fluid in his chest when he died. Additionally, he had an enlarged heart with high blood pressure, poor circulation in his legs and coronary artery disease.”
Lister, who reportedly suffered from Type 2 diabetes, spoke of the COVID-19 pandemic in his last interview, and he seemed hopeful at the promising news of emerging vaccines.
“I’m taking that vaccine. I’m taking it,” he said at the time. “Obama, Bush and Clinton are taking it together to show everybody. So, that’s a wrap. Three presidents.”
RIP Tiny “Deebo” Lister. 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. pic.twitter.com/jIl8yEZU9c
— Ice Cube (@icecube) December 11, 2020
As theGrio reported, his Friday co-star Ice Cube posted a sentimental tribute to Lister at the time of his passing. Taking to Twitter to honor him, Cube wrote: “RIP Tiny ‘Deebo’ Lister. 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.”
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