Actor Tom “Tiny Lister,” best known to wresting fans as WWE’s Zeus, was found dead at his apartment earlier today in his Marina Del Rey apartment in Los Angeles. He was 62. TMZ reports that Lister was not even transported to a hospital, with the cause of death still being unknown.
WWE would later issue a statement remembering Lister’s greatest accomplishments with the company, including how he headlined SummerSlam 1989 against Hulk Hogan, and starred alongside the Hulkser in the feature film, “No Holds Barred.”
Outside of wrestling he’s best known for his roles in The Dark Knight, The Fifth Element, and the Friday films.
Check out WWE’s statement below.
WWE is saddened to learn that Tom “Tiny” Lister, known as Zeus to the WWE Universe, passed away today at age 62.
Zeus first entered the squared circle opposite Hulk Hogan in the 1989 film “No Holds Barred.” The rivalry extended beyond the big screen, as The Human Wrecking Machine quickly formed a common bond with “Macho Man” Randy Savage in their shared quest to take down The Immortal One. Zeus & Savage battled Hogan & Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake in the main event of SummerSlam 1989. One of Zeus’ most memorable moments came at Survivor Series 1989 as part of Ted DiBiase’s Million Dollar Team, when The Human Wrecking Machine got the better of The Hulkster in an impressive display of strength.
Lister famously portrayed the daunting Deebo in the classic “Friday” and “Next Friday” movies, as well as roles in “The Fifth Element,” “The Dark Knight,” and “Zootopia.”
WWE extends its condolences to Lister’s family, friends and fans.
From all of us here at Wrestling Headlines we’d like to wish our condolences to family and friends of the departed. RIP Zeus.