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He was 70 years old. They shot him three times in the back.

Actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd, famous for his roles in the Spike Lee films, he was shot to death in Atlanta, United States, as confirmed by the Police.

Officers responded to a call around 1:45 am on Saturday, September 3, and found Thomas Jefferson Byrd, 70, “in an unconscious state,” with several gunshot wounds to his back, said Anthony Grant, a police spokesman. , it’s a statement.

Grant added that homicide detectives were working to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident and declined to elaborate.

Craig Wyckoff, a friend and former representative of Byrd, told Fox News that some friends told him that the actor had had an argument in a business before returning home, and that this would have caused the death of the interpreter.

The person Byrd argued with – according to Wyckoff’s account – followed the actor home and shot him three times in the back.

In an Instagram post, Spike Lee commented that he was sad to announce Byrd’s death and recalled how the actor “did his thing” in his movies, such as Clockers Chi-Raq, Bamboozled, He Got Game y Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, among other.

“May we all wish our condolences and blessings to his family,” Lee wrote. “Rest in peace, Brother Byrd”, he added, moved by the news.

Lee also shared on the networks some of his favorite scenes with Byrd in Clockers y Bamboozled.

Born in Georgia in 1950, before making his name on film sets, he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts.

Also, Byrd was part of films like Best of Brooklynby Antoine Fuqua; Jamie Foxx’s biopic about Ray Charles, Y Set It Off, de F. Gary Gray.

As a stage actor, Byrd fhe was nominated for a 2003 Tony Award for his Broadway performance of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, co-starring Whoopi Goldberg and Charles S Dutton.

“I loved working with you, Byrd,” Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis tweeted. “What a good actor you were. I’m so sorry that your life ended this way. Praying for your family ”.

Precisely, and as Byrd did at the time in the theater, Davis awaits the premiere (it will be on December 18), of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, the last movie Chadwick Boseman worked on, who passed away on August 28 of colon cancer.

The film focuses on the tensions that are generated between Ma Rainey (Davis), “the queen of blues”, her manager, her producer and her bandmates during the recording of her new album in a Chicago studio in 1927.

Boseman, in turn, steps into the shoes of an ambitious trumpeter determined to make his mark in the world of music.

The cast also includes Glynn Turman, Colman Domingo, Michael Potts, Taylour Paige, Jonny Coyne, Jeremy Shamos and Dusan Brown.


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