Actor Thomas Mikal Ford has died after being placed on life support for a ruptured aneurysm in his abdomen.
The TV star — who portrayed Tommy Strawn on the 1990s sitcom “Martin” — died Wednesday at an Atlanta hospital, his rep confirmed.
“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,” his family posted on Instagram. “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.”
Ford, 52, was taken to the hospital on Sunday and his condition worsened after his arrival.
Ford earned a considerable following for his performance as the sensible best friend of the main character Martin, played by Martin Lawrence, on the beloved sitcom.
He also starred on other popular programs including “The Jamie Foxx Show” and “New York Undercover” and has written a series of children’s books endorsing the importance of avoiding drugs and violence.
“Empire” actor Malik Yoba, “227” starJackée Harry and other celebrities reached out to express their condolences.
The rapper took to Twitter yesterday to blast Wendy Williams after the talk-show host made comments about Kim’s seemingly ever-changing appearance.
“Do you want to talk about Lil’ Kim and that face of hers?” Williams cracked during the Hot Topics segment of yesterday’s Wendy Williams Show. “It’s filled so tight now, Kim, it looks like a pin would just pop you.”
“Kim, in my mind, I know your goal was always to look like La Toya Jackson,” she continued. “You’ve out-La Toya’d La Toya in your new look, and don’t blame Photoshopping. Blame your plastic surgeon, girl.”
Kim later unleashed (then deleted) on Williams via Twitter for the plastic surgery jokes.
“@WendyWilliams Bitch Y didn’t u show the side by side pic,” the Grammy-winner posted. “This pic is photoshopped & U know it. U hating Bitch.”
“@WendyWilliams A bad angle will never make me look like that.”
The feuding didn’t stop there.
“@WendyWilliams Stop hating on me because U sucked Big’s d–k & he didn’t want nothing to do with yo ass after that.”
And finally, “@WendyWilliams it’s time for the world to know the real. I’m not playing with yo ass no more. Let’s get it!!!!!”
Maybe Williams will think twice next time she wants to trash talk Lil’ Kim!
NBC has officially picked up a new sitcom from Daytime Talk Show giant Ellen DeGeneres. The currently untitled single-camera comedy, is being written by Lauren Pomerantz, the senior writer for DeGeneres’ daytime talk show. Ellen will join Pomerantz on executive producer duties for the sitcom, which focuses on a successful and independent 32-year-old woman who, convinced she is certain to die alone, seeks the advice of those around her to reassure her that living as a singleton was the right choice.
This latest sale is the second in quick succession for DeGeneres and A Very Good Production; only last season, NBC bought the comedy The Smart One, another Ellen-produced show, in a bidding war.
ABC later picked up the project for a pilot, which will star Ellen’s wife, Portia De Rossi, as a “brilliant and successful woman who begrudgingly goes to work for her less-brainy but more popular sister – a former beauty queen, weather girl and now big-city Mayor.”