Spike Lee Collaborator Thomas Jefferson Byrd Dead at 70



  • The 70 years old actor was found dead on Sunday morning.
  • The paramedics’ team stated that he died from a gun wound on his back.
  • After Thomas Jefferson Byrd’s death, Spike Lee took to his social media to give a tribute.

Thomas Jefferson Byrd dies from the gunshot wounds

The sudden demise of Thomas Jefferson Byrd has shocked his fans. On Sunday, the dead body of the 70 years old was found in Atlanta. He was an exceptional actor who was mostly known for his roles in many of Spike Lee’s films.

According to the news sources, the Tony-nominated actor was not responding on early Sunday morning. Later on, the Paramedics team arrived at the scene. After examining his body, they declared him dead.

They also said that he died from multiple gunshot wounds that were seen on his back.

The 70 years old actor had worked with Spike Lee in eight films like Chi-Raq, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, Red Hook Summer, Bamboozled, He Got Game, Girl 6, Get on the Bus, as well as Clockers. He also appeared in a Netflix series, which was said to be an adaptation of Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It.

In 1996, he played brilliant roles in Oscar-winning pic Ray as well as crime drama Set It Off. When he was young, he had graduated from Morris Brown College in Atlanta.

After completing his studies, he made his Broadway debut in a film named Black Bottom, which was directed by Ma Rainey. Other actors like Stephen McKinley Henderson, Carl Gordon, Charles S. Dutton, as well as Whoopi Goldberg, starred along with him in this revival film.

Later on, he was also nominated for Tony for his best performance in the play. After his demise on Sunday, Lee expressed his sadness and paid tribute to the 70 years old actor. He posted numerous videos of the actor for his young days. In one of his Instagram posts, he wrote that he is sad to announce the tragic death of his brother.

In other Instagram videos, he wrote that Tom is his guy. He also posted a video clip from Bamboozled in which Thomas played as Honeycutt and one of his performances in Clockers as Errol Barnes. You can check out all the videos and pictures on Lee’s Instagram account below.


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Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Actor in Spike Lee Films, Dies at 70 Go To IG Story To Read The Article

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The Late Great, Our Brother Thomas Jefferson Byrd As “HONEYCUTT” Auditioning In BAMBOOZLED.

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May his soul rest in peace, and God may give blessings to his family. The police department hasn’t found any details about the suspect yet. We will inform you as soon as we get any news about this tragic murder case. 


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