Tommy Lister reportedly changed middle name to ‘Debo’ in homage to ‘Friday’

Multiple media outlets are citing a TMZ report which confirms that, prior to his death, Tommy Lister honored his character in the 1995 movie ‘Friday’ by legally changing his middle name to “Debo.”

“Born Thomas Duane Lister Jr., the former actor and wrestler appears in his death certificate as Tommy Debo Lister,” Complex.com’s Jose Martinez writes. “Despite being known as ‘Tiny’ throughout his career, his legal middle name is a reference to Deebo, the character he’s best known for playing in the Friday franchise.”

Martinez adds, “While the spelling may be different, it doesn’t diminish what that role seems to have meant to him.”

Lister died in December of last year. No official cause of death has been revealed, but reports say he is thought to have died due to complications consistent with COVID-19. He was 62.

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