Tommy ‘Little’ Lister was all for the movie that made him famous – namely Ice cube‘s cult classic “Friday” – because he legally changed his name to pay homage to his unforgettable character.
TMZ has got Tommy death certificate, and while a cause of death has not yet been officially determined … there was a very interesting lump we noticed. His full name sounds like Tommy Debo Lister, very different from his reported birth name … Thomas Duane Lister Jr.
It is interesting for a number of reasons. Of course, Tommy is most famous for portraying Deebo in the “Friday” franchise – and no, we did not spell it wrong … but it seems Tommy did. In any case, it’s quite clear that he loved the character – so much so that he actually made it part of his real identity … choosing it instead of “Little”, his longtime public nickname.
His manager, Cindy Cowan, TMZ says he made the change in an LA court about 6 months ago – because he felt his fans and the general public knew him from “Friday.”
Like we said … Tommy’s cause of death is pending right now – it’s listed as “deferred” on the document, which just means they’re still doing tests.
Keep in mind, though, that many in Tommy’s closest circle believe it was COVID-19. He was incredibly ill the last few days – clearly in several different videos he participated in – and he had already caught the virus earlier in the year.
While the medical team is working to get closure on that front – there’s one last thing we need to note about Tommy’s death certificate. It says he was married Felicia Lister.
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TMZ broke the story … 62-year-old Tommy died suddenly last year in his home in the LA area. When paramedics arrived, he was pronounced dead at the scene.