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It has been just a little over one month since we lost the beloved actor Tommy “Tiny” Lister who suddenly passed away in the last month of the trying 2020 year. As tests are still being done to determine exactly what sadly killed the star, it is now being reported that Tommy legally changed his named to pay homage to the ‘Friday’ film character that made his famous.
According to TMZ’s report, Tommy’s death certificate reads as Tommy Debo Lister, which is different from his reported birth name Tommy Duane Lister Jr. Although Tommy misspelled the Deebo moniker in his official name change, the former wrestler and actor adopted the name because of his love for the film and his assumption that the world knew and appreciated him for his portrayal as Deebo. Lister’s manager has stated that the name change took place just six months ago in an L.A. court.
While medical teams work to bring closure to Lister’s family, many close to Tommy believe the 62-year-old actor passed from COVID-19 complications, which he previously caught earlier in 2020.