‘Friday’ Star Died From Heart Disease At the time of his death, Friday star Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister did have COVID-19, but that’s not what caused the popular actor’s death. The L.A. County Coroner is reporting that according to the autopsy, Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister aka ‘Deebo’ died from heart disease. It was also reported in the autopsy that Lister had an enlarged heart with high blood pressure, poor circulation in his legs, and coronary artery disease. Last year, paramedics were called to his home where he was announced dead at the scene. Lister was 62.