On Saturday, Hulk Hogan paid a heartfelt tribute to his friend and former WWE rival, Tommy “Tiny” Lister Jr. Earlier this week, the former “Friday” actor passed away from COVID-19 complications. He was 62-years-old.
The pair first met in 1989 when Lister played “Zeus” in Hogan’s movie, No Holds Barred. The film was so successful the WWE brought Lister into the wrestling entertainment company as Hogan’s opponent in the ring.
Despite their onscreen rivalry, the two would become life-long friends who respected one another.
Even though he retired from professional wrestling to focus on acting, Lister made a cameo as “Z-Gangsta” in 1996 for the World Championship Wrestling with Hogan.
While the general public may remember Lister as “Deebo” from the film “Friday,” pro-wrestling fans will never forget Lister’s time in the ring.
Hulk Hogan & Ice Cube Pay Homage to Lister
Ice Cube, who starred in the Friday franchise with Lister, is among the celebrities paying tribute to Lister.
“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,” he tweeted. “Thank you for being a good dude at heart. I miss you already.”
Lister played the villain in the iconic ’90s comedy “Friday,” starring alongside Chris Tucker and Ice Cube.
After Lister’s success on “Friday,” he received roles in “The Fifth Element,” “The Dark Knight,” and “Austin Powers: Goldmember.”
A week ago, the 62-year-old started feeling sick, but his symptoms “got really bad, really quick,” manager Cindy Cowan said.
“He couldn’t breathe and felt very weak,” she said. “It literally went so fast,” Cowan added.
According to Cowan, Lister was scheduled to star in a new movie, but he canceled due to his symptoms.