Former Martin star Tommy Ford died Wednesday after suffering a reported aneurysm in his abdomen on Sunday. The comedian played the straight man to Martin Lawrence on the ’90s sitcom, shelling out advice despite never showing definitive signs of his own employment.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of our beloved Son, father, brother, husband, and friend Tommy Mykal Ford,” his family said in a statement. “On behalf of the family, we would like to thank everyone for their love, support and prayers. Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming. Please respect the privacy of the Ford family during our time of grief.”
“Tommy was not only a great costar but he was a great man and friend,” Lawrence said in a statement to EW. “He always brought with him his spirituality a positive attitude and so much joy. I am sad the world lost a great talent and that I lost a wonderful friend. God bless him and his family.”
“Today I received some sad news that I have lost my brother and cast member #tommyford,” Who’s Got Jokes? star Bill Bellamy wrote about his former colleague. “We bonded over 5 seasons of #whosgotjokes a show that highlighted so many of the next generation comedians. I just want the fans to pray for all of our families.”
Roots drummer and Tonight Show bandleader Questlove added: “damn tommy. next to coming to america, i can’t think of another single pop culture franchise i’ve referenced more in my life. thank you bro.”
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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.
Today I received some sad news that I have lost my brother and cast member #tommyford We bonded over 5 seasons of #whosgotjokes a show that highlighted so many of the next generation comedians. I just want the fans to pray for all of our families . This has been a tough month on us all. Pray that @rodneyperrylive will make a fantastic recovery. Pray for the Ford family during this sad time. I will always remember Tommy's laugh!' It always made everyone laugh.. Lol. #RIPTommy
Such sad news news to hear our #TommyFord passed. Anyone who knows me knows #Martin is my all time favorite tv show. I still watch today whenever I see the reruns on. I'm sure I know ever line from every episode by now. He will be missed….May he R.I.H🙏🏽💔😪 I'm hearing he's still on life support! Sending prayers up for him & his family!!