Thomas Ford, the actor who played Martin Lawrence's best friend Tommy Strawn on the hit '90s sitcom "Martin," died Wednesday in Atlanta. He was 52.
The actor's rep released a statement on behalf of his family about his passing on Twitter, which read: “It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of our beloved Son, father, brother, husband, and friend Tommy Mykhal Ford.”
It is with great sorrow we share the announcement from Tommy's family. pic.twitter.com/NzLNxH1drT— J Pervis Talent (@JPervisTalent) October 12, 2016
Ford had been on life support after an aneurysm ruptured in his abdomen, TMZ reported. He was initially hospitalized Sunday before his health declined and his family made the decision to turn off life support.
A post on his official Instagram account said that Ford was surrounded by family and friends.
To all family and friends of Tommy Ford. We would like to inform everyone that our brother passed away today October 12, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. Please keep his family in your prayers as they go through this challenging time. He was so dearly loved by so many and for that lets all be grateful for a life well served.
The actor played the level-headed pal of Lawrence on "Martin" for the show's entire five-year run.
One running joke was his not having a job, prompting the catch phrase: "You don't got no job, Tommy!"
Ford had other TV parts, notable as Lt. Malcolm Barker on Fox's "New York Undercover" and as Mel Parker on UPN's "The Parkers" as well as playing The Pope of Comedy on TV One's "Who's Got Jokes" with Bill Bellamy.
Before "Martin," he landed a spot in the 1989 Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor film "Harlem Nights."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.