Thomas Jefferson Byrd finally breathed his last at the age of 70 years. He has been a Tony-nominated actor who have done amazing in his roles in several Spike Lee Films. Byrd was nominated for a Tony for his performance in the Broadway revival of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, wherein he co-starred Whoopi Goldberg and Charles S. Dutton. The authorities finally revealed that Thomas led death on a street in Atlanta last Sunday. According to the Atlanta police spokesman, Anthony Grant, the officers went to attend the site after they got a call for an injured person. The police further added on to it saying that when they reported the place, Thomas Jefferson Byrd was actually lying dead and unresponsive.
Thomas Jefferson’s death at the scene was discovered, wherein his body was having multiple gunshot wounds, particularly at his back. The police added on to it saying that the reason behind the death in detail are still not confirmed and the team has been working about it. He even said that the investigation is going on regarding the circumstances that led to his death.
Taking a glimpse at Thomas Jefferson Byrd’s life
Well, Thomas Jefferson Byrd was originally born in Griffin which is located in the south of Atlanta. He did his bachelor’s degree then from Morris Brown college which is situated in Atlanta itself and then he went off to complete his Master’s degree from the California Institute of Arts. According to our sources, Byrd has always been a stage actor. However, he walked as a film actor with the popular director, Spike Lee on different projects including that of the “He Got Game,” “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus,” “Clockers,” “Chi-Raq”, “Bamboozled,” and “Get on the Bus” along with plenty others. On the occasion of his death, Lee said, “Tom is my guy,” “May we all wish condolences and blessings to his family. Rest in Peace brother Byrd.” Lee even shared a few of the best scenes of Byrd from Bamboozled and Clockers.
Other popular actors expressing their shock and wishing condolences on the sudden demise of Thomas Jefferson Byrd
Elisabeth Omilami, a fellow actor and community activist said, “brilliant dancer, actor, and friend,” regards to Byrd. She even called Byrd as a special person who had the ability to fill up the whole room with his personality. She even added that he had his own ways to get through the racist system of the Hollywood industry and yet, he did it all amazingly in his career. She even mentioned that the very recent film of Byrd was Freedom’s Path wherein he had worked with her husband, the actor, Afemo Omilami. The Oscar-winning actor Viola Davis tweeted, “Oh no!!! 2020! Whaaattt!!!” “Loved working with you Byrd,” she wrote. “What a fine actor you were. So sorry your life ended this way. Praying for your family.” Last but not the least, Actor Lori Petty tweeted, “What a man, what a talent … what a crazy loss.”