Thomas Jefferson Byrd American actor popular for his roles in Spike lee’s films got shot over the weekend.
Atlanta Police Department Spokesperson provided preliminary details to PEOPLE. The spokesperson revealed that officers responded to a 911 call about an injured person on Saturday at 1:45 a.m. local time. Upon arrival, officers found a man lying unresponsive at the location.
The victim, later identified as Thomas Jefferson Byrd, was pronounced dead at the scene, having suffered gunshot wounds to the back. He was 70.
Homicide detectives responded to the scene and are working to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident. An investigation is currently ongoing.
Director Spike Lee, 63 has reacted to the news of Byrd’s death paid. He paid tribute to the actor, who starred in several of the Oscar-winning director’s films. These include “Chi-Raq” (2015), “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus” (2014), “He Got Game” (1998) and “Clockers” (1995) “Set It Off” (1996) and “Ray” (2004).
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“I’m So Sad To Announce The Tragic Murder Of Our Beloved Brother, Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Last Night In Atlanta, Georgia. Tom Is My Guy, 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.” Lee wrote on Instagram
Thomas Jefferson Byrd was nominated for a Tony Award in 2003 for his stage performance as Toledo in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”.
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