Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Known for His Roles in Spike Lee Films, Shot and Killed in Atlanta

Thomas Jefferson Byrd, an actor who appeared in several Spike Lee films, is dead after being shot in Atlanta.

He was 70.

Spike Lee took to Instagram to share the sad news.

via TMZ:

Lee says … “I’m So Sad To Announce The Tragic Murder Of Our Beloved Brother Thomas Jefferson Byrd Last Night In Atlanta, Georgia.” Spike shared a photo of Thomas as the character Errol Barnes in his 1995 film, “Clockers.”

Along with “Clockers,” Byrd also appeared in “Get on the Bus,” “Bamboozled,” “He Got Game,” “Red Hook Summer,” “Chi-Raq” and more.

He was also a successful theater actor, nominated for Broadway’s 2003 Tony Award as Best Actor for a revival of August Wilson’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”

He has starred in numerous regional stage productions including the San Diego Repertory Theater’s award-winning performance of “Spunk”.

According to Atlanta police, officers responded to a call of a person injured at 1:45 AM Saturday. Thoms was found unresponsive, and emergency medical workers pronounced him dead from multiple gunshot wounds to the back.

Homicide detectives are investigating.


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This Is The Introduction Scene Of Thomas Jefferson Byrd’s Dope Fiend Character Errol Barnes In CLOCKERS With Strike

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