Nineties sitcom star, of Martin fame, Thomas Mikal Ford has died. The 52-year-old was hospitalized in Atlanta on Sunday after an aneurysm ruptured in his stomach.
The actor passed away on Wednesday while surrounded by family and friends, TMZ reports. According to the website the actor’s family decided to turn off life support on Wednesday after Thomas’ health declined while in hospital.
Ford starred in all five seasons of Martin, which aired from 1992 to 1997 as Tommy Strawn who was Martin Lawrence’s best friend.
People reports that Thomas’ castmates from the nineties hit had flown out to be at the comedic actor’s bedside. Included in the friends and family was his former onscreen girlfriend Tichina Arnold, who co-starred with him on Martin. ‘She just dropped everything to fly out there.
Arnold is not the only one, the entire Martin cast is getting together to be by his side,’ a friend told People.
Other celebrities mourn the death of Tommy Ford on Twitter;
— Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) October 12, 2016
RIP TOMMY FORD aka Tommy Strong. Thanks for entertaining us over so many years on Martin!#GTD(GotTheDraws)
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) October 13, 2016
The world is going to greatly miss all the joy and laughter that you brought to it. Thinking of Tommy Ford’s family and friends today.
— LLCOOLJ (@llcoolj) October 12, 2016
— Vivica A. Fox (@MsVivicaFox) October 12, 2016
This is really sad. Way too young. RIP Tommy. https://t.co/VtFm6WtPAo
— Larry Wilmore (@larrywilmore) October 12, 2016