Thomas “Tommy” Ford, the actor who played Martin Lawrence’s best friend Tommy Strawn on the hit ’90s sitcom Martin, died Wednesday in Atlanta. He was 52.
TMZ and the photo agency Getty Images reported that Ford’s family announced over the weekend that he was on life support after an aneurysm burst in his abdomen.
The ‘Martin’ star had knee replacement surgery nearly two weeks before his death, so some fans have been wondering if his surgery caused the aneurysm.
“An aneurysm is an abnormality in a blood vessel wall. Most of the time this is something that we don’t pick up unless we find them incidentally or they become symptomatic. Sometimes people will complain of headaches, dizziness or things like that and we scan their brains and we find it. They are not always deadly. You can find it and a neurosurgeon can go in there and clip it, it is a intervention where they try to prevent the aneurysm from rupturing. A knee surgery would not cause an aneurysm. The aneurysm is totally unrelated,” Dr. Carol Richardson-Tetells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
The actor played the level-headed pal of Lawrence on Martin for the show’s entire five-year run. One running joke was his not having a job, prompting the catchphrase: “You don’t got no job, Tommy!”
Before Martin, Ford landed a spot in the 1989 Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor film Harlem Nights. He would co-produce, co-write or star in such films asBaby Mama’s Club, Against the Law, Beat Street Resurrection and Love Different.
Source: USA Today