Actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd died at the age of 70 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Atlanta Police Department told Fox News that the actor died in a shooting.
Writer-director Spike Lee, who frequently worked with Byrd shared the news on Instagram. He posted a still of Byrd from Clockers and wrote, "I'm So Sad To Announce The Tragic Murder Of Our Beloved Brother Thomas Jefferson Byrd Last Night In Atlanta, Georgia. 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."
The Police Statement Says Byrd Was Shot Thrice
Fox News quoted the police statement saying that officers were dispatched on Saturday at 1:45 am and "located a male lying unresponsive at the location," who was later identified as Byrd. He was pronounced "deceased from multiple gunshot wounds to the back." It also added, "Homicide detectives responded to the scene and are working to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident. The investigation continues at this time."
Craig Wyckoff On Byrd's Death To Fox News
The Fox News reports said all information is "preliminary in nature and could change as the investigation progresses or new information comes to light.". Byrd's friend and former representation Craig Wyckoff, told Fox News that Byrd got into an argument at a store before driving home. He added that the person Byrd argued with followed him and shot Byrd three times in the back, killing him.
Thomas Jefferson Byrd Dies At 70
Notably, Thomas Jefferson Byrd was known for his roles in Set It Off, He Got Game and Ray. He was nominated for a Tony in 2003 for his performance in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.