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Thursday, 26th November 2020

Thomas Jefferson Byrd Shot Dead In Atlanta

By Nandani Todi -
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  • 6th October 2020,
  • 1:10 PM

Spike Lee's favourite actor, Thomas Jefferson died from multiple gunshots.

Thomas Jefferson Byrd

Actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd, who worked in several of Spike Lee’s films, was killed in Atlanta on Saturday. He was 70. The Variety reported the Atlanta Police Department. The year 2020 has shown worst of all. It has affected many lives beyond boundaries too.

Reportedly, the police officials arrived the deceased house 2259 Belvedere Ave. on Saturday, soon after responding to a call about an injured person at 1.45 a.m. According to the reports by Variety, officers found Byrd lying unresponsive at the location when they arrived the destination.

Emergency medical services too reached the scene and declared him dead from multiple gunshot wounds at the back.The Atlanta police Homicide detectives are on the crime site to evaluate the circumstances surrounding the incident and the investigation in the case is ongoing.

On his work front, Byrd featured in several of Lee’s films such as “Clockers”, “Bamboozled”, “Ray” and “Brooklyn’s Finest”.

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As soon as the news came out, the whole Hollywood industry was shocked. Besides that many paid tribute to the actor, including the director remembered Byrd in his tribute on his Instagram page on Sunday.

He while penning down the note expressed his grief and said that he was so sad to announce the tragic murder of his beloved brother Thomas Jefferson Byrd last night in Atlanta, Georgia.

He further called him his guy.” Lee in his note wrote that “Here below you see him as the frightening character Errol Barnes in ‘CLOCKERS’. Brother Byrd also did his thang in my joints – CHI-RAQ, SWEET BLOOD of JESUS, RED HOOk SUMMER, BAMBOOZLED, HE GOT GAME, GET ON THE BUS, GIRL 6 and ‘CLOCKERS. May we all wish condolences and blessings to his family. Rest in peace brother Byrd.

For the uninformed, Thomas had lived his life in Atlanta. He was born in Griffin, south of Atlanta and was honoured with a bachelor’s degree from Morris Brown College in Atlanta. Brud, a stage actor, got his master’s degree from the California Institute of the Arts.

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