Thomas Jef­fer­son Byrd, ac­tor in Spike Lee films, shot dead in At­lanta


The ac­tor Thomas Jef­fer­son Byrd, known for his roles in Spike Lee films, has been shot and killed in At­lanta, po­lice have said.

Of­fi­cers re­sponded to a call at about 1.45am on Sun­day and found the 70-year-old un­re­spon­sive with mul­ti­ple gun­shot wounds in his back, po­lice spokesman An­thony Grant said in a state­ment.

Paramedics pro­nounced Byrd dead at the scene on the city’s south-west side, where he lived.

Grant said homi­cide de­tec­tives were work­ing to de­ter­mine the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the shoot­ing and de­clined to pro­vide fur­ther de­tails.

In an In­sta­gram post on Mon­day, Lee said he was sad to an­nounce Byrd’s death and re­called how the ac­tor “did his thang” in his films in­clud­ing Clock­ers Chi-Raq, Bam­boo­zled, He Got Game and

Da Sweet Blood of Je­sus, among oth­ers.

“May we all wish con­do­lences and bless­ings to his fam­ily,” Lee wrote. “Rest in peace, Brother Byrd.”

He also shared some of his favourite scenes with Byrd from Clock­ers and Bam­boo­zled.

Byrd, also a stage ac­tor, was nom­i­nated in 2003 for a Tony for his per­for­mance in the Broad­way re­vival of Ma Rainey’s Black Bot­tom.

Thomas Jef­fer­son Byrd

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