Tommy 'Tiny' Lister vowed to take Covid vaccine days before he died

Friday actor Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister, 62, gave a final interview looking visibly ill just days before he died of Covid-19 related symptoms where he vowed to take the vaccine because he’s got ‘work to do’

  • Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister died Thursday from Covid-19 related symptoms 
  • DailyMailTV can reveal he gave a final interview days before he died in which he vowed to take the coronavirus vaccine because he said he’s got ‘work to do’ 
  • Lister, 62, was best known for playing Deebo in Friday and Next Friday and was also in films such as No Holds Barred, The Fifth Element and The Dark Knight
  • He spoke to TV and radio personality Brandon Jay on December 4 
  • In the video the actor looked visibly ill, had a hoarse voice and regularly cleared his throat with a cough during the 13 minute chat
  • ‘They got the vaccine right. So the vaccine gives you 12 months, I’m taking that vaccine, I’m taking it,’ Lister said in the interview 

Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister gave a final interview days before he died in which he vowed to take the coronavirus vaccine because he’s got ‘work to do’, DailyMailTV can reveal.

The beloved Hollywood star, who died Thursday from Covid-19 related symptoms – the second time he’s had the virus this year – was diabetic so would have been among the first to get the vaccine.

Lister, 62, who most notably played the bully Deebo in the Friday films, spoke to TV and radio personality Brandon Jay on December 4.

And in the video, given to DailyMailTV exclusively, the actor looked visibly ill, had a hoarse voice and regularly cleared his throat with a cough during the 13 minute chat.

The star also wore a mask for the entire interview which was conducted over Zoom from his Marina Del Rey apartment – the same location his body was found Thursday.

DailyMailTV can reveal Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister gave a final interview days before he died in which he vowed to take the coronavirus vaccine because he’s got ‘work to do’

Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister died Thursday from Covid-19 related symptoms. He battled coronavirus earlier this year and had recently shown symptoms, according to his manager

When host Jay asked Lister about the difficulties of making movies during lockdown, he responded: ‘Hollywood not gonna stop… I’ve got so much stuff on my plate. Hollywood gonna crank all the way back up to January. Hollywood gonna go all over the world, gonna crank it up.

‘And they got the vaccine right. So the vaccine gives you 12 months, I’m taking that vaccine, I’m taking it.

Show host Brandon Jay, 36, who is currently based in South Carolina, told DailyMailTV that he could tell the actor wasn’t well during their late night interview a week ago

‘My grandmother was Lucille Ball’s maid…and she said this, “If your brothers run off the cliff do you run off the cliff too”. I’m takin’ the vaccine because I’ve got work to do too, especially for the kingdom of Jesus Christ.’

Lister also referenced news that former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton are volunteering to get their Covid-19 vaccines on camera together, saying he would get his too.

The star added that he plans to spend the Christmas holidays at home watching basketball, eating and spending time with his teenage daughter Faith.

Show host Jay, 36, who is currently based in South Carolina, told DailyMailTV that he could tell the actor wasn’t well during their late night interview a week ago.

‘I could tell he was sick, but I did not want to interfere with the continuity of the interview so I tried to keep it fun, that’s what Tiny is all about, he’s a class act,’ he said.

‘He didn’t mention being sick but we talked about the coronavirus vaccine and he mentioned being one of the first ones in line and being like Obama, Bush and Clinton.

‘He struggled to speak at times, clearing his throat constantly, it’s very sad, he was such a genuine guy.’


In the video the actor looked visibly ill, had a hoarse voice and regularly cleared his throat with a cough during the 13 minute chat

‘They got the vaccine right. So the vaccine gives you 12 months, I’m taking that vaccine, I’m taking it,’ Lister said in the interview

Lister appeared as Deebo in the 1995 classic Friday and was most known for his role in the comedy 

The star was found dead Thursday at the age of 62 alone in his apartment.

His manager Cindy Cowan told DailyMailTV that Lister died of Covid related symptoms and confirmed he had been diagnosed with having the virus earlier this year.

‘Tiny was larger than life, he had a smile that lit up a room, he was generous beyond belief,’ said long-time friend Cowan.

‘He loved children, he loved Western movies, he loved drinking milk and eating cookies, he was like this big kid.

‘I’ve known Tiny for 20 years, I’m the Godmother to his beautiful daughter and he literally has been my best friend, he called me the sister he never had.

‘And I was blessed to have him in my life. He’s got such a huge fanbase. People forget he started as an Olympic athlete, then he became a wrestler, he was Hulk Hogan’s wrestling partner and then came Fridays.

‘He laughingly would tell people he was the first black president and he was in the Fifth Element. He saved Gotham City in Dark Knight, he was iconic in the films he has done, he will be missed, he was anything but Tiny.’

Lister battled Covid-19 earlier this year and had recently shown symptoms, according to his manager. He’s pictured with manager Cindy Cowan

His Friday co-star Ice Cube took to Instagram Thursday to post a memorial for the late entertainer. ‘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,’ he said 

Cowan said the family can’t hold a memorial service because of coronavirus restrictions but they plan to hold a celebration of life ceremony in the new year when restrictions are relaxed.

Police sources told TMZ that the veteran actor was pronounced dead on scene at his apartment after officials responded to a call of an unconscious male.

The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department said that Lister was discovered during a welfare check after his friends and associates didn’t hear from him.

Police told the outlet that the initial thinking is that Lister died of natural causes, and an autopsy will be conducted.

Lister, who was blind in his right eye, was best known for playing bully Deebo in Friday in 1995 and sequel Next Friday in 2000.

He also appeared as Zeus in the 1989 hit wrestling movie No Holds Barred and had several stints in the professional wrestling ring.

His Friday co-star Ice Cube took to Instagram Thursday to post a memorial for the late entertainer.

‘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,’ he said.

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