Tommy Ford who famously played Tommy on the ’90s sitcom “Martin” died Wednesday at Atlanta hospital after an aneurysm ruptured in his abdomen) he was 52.
Ford has been hospitalized life support since Sunday and his health has declined ever since.
Earlier, Ford’s friend, Anthony Anderson, tweeted that Ford had died but at the time, he was still alive.
Tommy starred in all 5 seasons of “Martin” as the title character’s level-headed best friend, who often played a straight man to Martin’s crazy antics.
One running joke was his not having a job, prompting the catchphrase:
“You don’t got no job, Tommy!”
“It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of our beloved son, father, brother, husband and friend Tommy Mykal Ford,”
the family said in a statement posted on his social media accounts.
“On behalf of the family, we would like to thank everyone for their love, support and prayers.”
He also appeared on “New5 York Undercover,” “The Jamie Foxx Show” and “The Parkers.” as well as playing the Pope of Comedy on TV One’s Who’s Got Jokes with Bill Bellamy.
Ford also wrote children’s books that promoted drug-free and violence-free lifestyles.
Several celebrities paid homage to Ford through social media, including Cedric the Entertainer, Rickey Smiley, LL Cool J and Larry Wilmore.
Earlier Wednesday, his friend, actor Anthony Anderson, tweeted that Ford had died; that was followed by another tweet declaring that he wasn’t dead but on life support.