Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Actor in Spike Lee Films, Killed in Atlanta https://t.co/hG4lnzqAy5— Variety (@Variety) October 4, 2020
Thomas Jefferson Byrd, an actor in several of Spike Lee’s films, was killed in Atlanta on Saturday, the Atlanta Police Department confirmed to Variety. He was 70.
Byrd was a frequent actor in many of Spike Lee’s films: “Clockers,” “Get on the Bus,” “Bamboozled,” “Chi-Raq,” “Red Hook Summer,” “Girl 6” and “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus.” He also had roles in Antoine Fuqua’s “Brooklyn’s Finest”, the Ray Charles biopic “Ray” and F. Gary Gray’s “Set It Off.”
On Saturday, Atlanta police responded to a call and found Mr. Byrd lying unresponsive at the location. Emergency services were called and pronounced him dead at the scene. Mr. Byrd had multiple gunshot wounds to the back. The Atlanta Police Department tells Variety that the investigation is ongoing.
Lee paid tribute to him on Instagram on Sunday.
“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.”