Former WWE Star And Hollywood Actor Tommy Lister Passes Away

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Former WWE Star And Hollywood Actor Tommy Lister Passes Away

Tommy "Zeus" Lister has died at the age of 62.

While the exact cause of death is still unknown, reports suggest the former WWE star turned Hollywood actor was found unconscious in his Californian home and was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Tommy Lister. Credit: PA
Tommy Lister. Credit: PA

It's understood investigations into his passing are still ongoing, although his agent Cindy Cowan has suggested Lister was exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.


Lister had contracted coronavirus earlier this year and made a full recovery.

But Cowan claims Lister was displaying symptoms of the virus in the days leading up to his death - so much so that they had cancelled a shoot for a film he was starring in.

"He was a gentle giant," Cowan said.


"He had a smile as broad as you could imagine. He's going to be missed by so many. We're all devastated."

Lister wrestled professionally between 1989 and 1996, most notably coming up against WWE legend Hulk Hogan following the duo's success in the film No Holds Barred.

And while his brief but memorable wrestling career is well documented, 6-foot-5-inch Lister is perhaps most well known for his acting resume.

Most film fanatics remember Lister for his role as the character "Deebo" from the comedy film Friday starring Ice Cube, where he produced the iconic one-liner: "Get knocked out like your father used to."


NWA rapper and fellow movie star Ice Cube was one of the many people to pay tribute to Lister via social media.

"RIP Tiny "Deebo" Lister," Ice Cube said on Instagram.

"America's favourite 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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Topics: Wrestling, WWE, Hulk Hogan, Australia

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