Ford who played the role of Tommy on the ’90s hit show “Martin” is
dead. It was reported earlier in the day that he was on life support
after an aneurysm ruptured in his abdomen. He was surrounded by family
and friends when he passed away today. His family made the decision to
turn off the life support this night.
Ford played Martin Lawrence’s best friend for all 5 seasons of the show.
had roles on “New York Undercover” and “The Parkers.” According to his
official website, he was in the process of filming a documentary.
to Tommy’s Instagram, he was battling health issues before the rupture
in his abdomen. In late September, he shared photos that showed him in
“I’m having a Knee Replacement surgery this morning.
Please keep me in your prayers! Love you all! #kneereplacement
#surgeryday #tommyford #earlymorning,” he said.
A week later, he shared an image of himself getting physical therapy on his knee.
Family…I thank you all for all your prayers…God heard you!!!,” he
wrote. “My doctor was a little surprised that I was stronger than
anticipated for an old fat fart replacing a knee. He said he knew the
knee was bad but after opening me up it was much worse than he thought,
but God is good! “I passed the test and was released a day earlier! I’m
in a little pain which is expected after a major surgery but I started
[therapy] this morning and on my way to recovery! Thanks for your
prayers and words of encouragement! Love y’all!!! #thepowerofprayer
#kneereplacement #recovery #therapy #blessed #newday #godisgood.”
His co-star Carl Payne who was at Ford’s bedside on Wednesday morning made a press statement on behalf of the family.
“On behalf of the family, we would like to thank everyone for their love, support and prayers.”
Adding that the family will announce funeral arrangements later.
Before he passed, his Co-star Martin Lawrence shared a photo of two of them together and wrote:
for my brother @bigtommyford that the Lord watches over him and his
family thru this difficult time #Blessings #PrayersUp