Actor Tommy “Tiny” Lister examined constructive for COVID-19 almost 4 months earlier than his loss of life.
Lister, who died on the age of 62 on Thursday after having exhibited “COVID signs” for every week, was recognized with the virus earlier this 12 months, his supervisor Cindy Cowan tells PEOPLE.
“He received a constructive outcome again about 4 months in the past and clearly recovered from that,” she says.
Whereas on the time he suffered from issue respiration and fatigue, not too long ago the actor had been doing “higher than ever.”
“He form of was a type of folks that used the lockdown to work out and get in the most effective form ever,” Cowan says. “He truly appeared the most effective he’s ever appeared and I’ve by no means seen him extra enthusiastic about what was coming subsequent.”
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Nevertheless, every week earlier than his loss of life, Lister started “to really feel not nicely once more.”
“He thought perhaps his diabetes was beginning to kick up as a result of he simply wasn’t feeling proper,” Cowan says. “He mentioned, ‘I really feel like I’m getting COVID once more.’ ”
After the weekend glided by and Lister was nonetheless “having a tough time respiration,” his supervisor instructed him that he wanted to get examined. “I truly suppose he was actually afraid to get examined once more,” she provides, noting that she deliberate on taking him to the physician on Thursday, “after which clearly Thursday by no means occurred.”
“It’s exceptional and actually heartbreaking,” she says. “All of us are kicking ourselves that we didn’t drive him [to get tested] earlier.”
Referencing an interview Lister did simply days earlier than his loss of life, Cowan notes that the actor was hopeful about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
“He needed to be one of many first ones to get the vaccine as a result of he needed to have the ability to get his life again to regular and have the ability to spend Christmas along with his daughter. He was wanting ahead to that and he thought he’d be one of many first in line as a result of he was in his 60s and had a pre-existing situation,” she says. “It’s so unhappy that he mentioned that six days previous to passing.”
“He was a tremendous man,” she provides. “He will certainly be missed.”
TMZ was first to report the information.
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Lister was discovered unresponsive at his condo in California on Thursday and was pronounced useless on the scene, TMZ beforehand reported.
The actor kicked off his movie profession within the Nineteen Eighties, showing in motion pictures reminiscent of Runaway Practice and Beverly Hills Cop II. He later broke out as a movie actor, taking part in the a part of Deebo within the 1995 movie Friday. He reprised the function for its 2000 sequel, Subsequent Friday.