ATLANTA — Actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd, famous for his roles in Spike Lee movies, was captured and murdered in Atlanta, authorities said Sunday.
Police responded to a call about 1:45 a.m. Saturday and discovered the 70-year-old Byrd Struggling with numerous gunshot wounds in his back, police spokesman Officer Anthony Grant said in a statement.
Responding paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene around the town’s southwest side, where he dwelt.
Grant stated homicide detectives were also working to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the shooting and declined to supply additional information.
Within an Instagram article Sunday,” Lee said he had been sad to announce Byrd’s departure and remembered the way the actor”did his thang” in his movies such as”Clockers,” Chi-Raq,” Bamboozled,” He Got Game” and”Da Sweet Blood of Jesus,” among others.
“May we wish condolences and blessings to his loved ones,” Lee wrote.
Lee also shared a few of his favorite scenes with Byrd out of”Clockers” and”Bamboozled.”
“What a nice actor you’re. So sorry that your life ended this way. Praying for your loved ones.”
Byrd was a”brilliant dancer, celebrity, and buddy,” Elisabeth Omilami, a fellow actor and community activist, informed WXIA-TV at Atlanta.
“He was a particular person whose character-filled up the entire area if he entered you knew that he had been there,” she explained. “He battled his way through this very racist and hard Hollywood system and managed to keep a profession through all.”
She stated Byrd had only recently finished his final movie, “Freedom’s Trail,” together with her husband, celebrity Afemo Omilami.
Actor Lori Petty tweeted: “What a guy, what a gift… what a loony reduction.”