Update 10/12/16 6:18 pm EST
TMZ and other major media outlets are reporting that actor Tommy Ford of Martin fame has passed away at the age of 54 in an Atlanta hospital. Although conflicting reports first stated Ford’s death hours earlier, it appears that those early reports were premature. Sadly, it is now confirmed.
According to the website, Ford had been on life support after an aneurysm ruptured in his abdomen. His family decided to end life support on Wednesday afternoon.
He was surrounded by friends and family.
Ford was known for playing the character of Tommy on the popular TV show Martin, which co-starred Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell, Tichina Arnold and Carl Payne as a group of friends living in a Detroit apartment building. Now considered a classic, Ford’s character was the butt of many jokes as he never seemed to have a gig. The sitcom ran from 1992-1997. He also starrred on The Parkers, and had several other gigs including Uncle Buck and New York Undercover.
Ford was a recent guest at the 2016 Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion.
Ford and his daughter, Madi in a recent pic.
Ford had recently had knee surgery which he documented via social media.
He captioned the photo, I’m having a Knee Replacement surgery this morning. Please keep me in your prayers! Love you all! #kneereplacement #surgeryday #tommyford #earlymorning
Over the last couple of weeks, Tommy updated his social media with progress pictures post surgery, but questions about his health rose when several celebrities both sent their condolences and solicitation for prayers.
Tommy has two kids, Thomas Jr and Madi.
Actor Tommy Ford from the hit ’90s sitcom Martin is reportedly fighting for his life in an L.A. hospital. However, there are conflicting reports on his condition.
According to The Shade Room, Ford, who’s in his early 50s, was on life support due to a stomach aneurysm. Then, black-ish actor Anthony Anderson confirmed the world lost the legend this morning. He tweeted just a few minutes ago:
However, actress Terri Vaughn refuted that claim:
Ford is best known for playing one of Martin Lawrence‘s best friends, alongside costars Tisha Campbell-Martin and Carl Anthony Payne II. The famed TV show ended in 1997 after five incredible seasons.
Ford also played in the Harlem Knights (1989) and Across the Tracks (1990).
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