On Wednesday October 12th, Tommy Ford passed away after suffering from a ruptured aneurysm. He was 52 years old. The actor was known for his role as Tommy Strawn on the hit 90’s series. The show aired from 1992 and 1997.
According to TMZ, the actor was hospitalized on Sunday, October 9th after an aneurysm ruptured in his abdomen. He was on life support and laid in the hospital for the following few days. Unfortunately, his health was declining and his family made the decision to take him off life support Wednesday afternoon.
The actor starred along Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Carl Anthony Payne II, and Tichina Arnold in the sitcom for all five seasons. He played Lawrence’s rational best friend. Payne visited the hospital Wednesday morning and revealed that funeral arrangements will be made soon. ‘On behalf of the family, we would like to thank everyone for their love, support and prayers,’ said Payne.
The family issued a statement following the actor’s death. “It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of our beloved son, father, brother, husband, and friend Tommy Mykhal Ford,” the statement read “On behalf of the family, we would like to thank everyone for their love, support and prayers. Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming. Please respect the privacy of the Ford family during our time of grief.
“My brother…we were friends way b4 the Martin show & I’m glad we were able to show true friendship on-screen. You brought a lot of love to the world and you will be greatly missed. God Bless to you and the family. Rest In Peace my brother. #TommyFord #Brotherforlife,” Lawrence wrote on Instagram.
“Tommy was not only a great co star but he was a great man and friend. He always brought with him his spirituality a positive attitude and so much joy. I am sad the world lost a great talent and that I lost a wonderful friend. God bless him and his family,” Lawrence wrote in another post.
In addition to acting, Ford wrote children’s books and founded the non-profit organization, “Be Still and Know Inc.” The organization focused on helping disadvantaged youth and building better communities.