Veteran actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd
, known for appearing in several Spike Lee
movies, was reportedly shot dead in Atlanta over the weekend. According to police spokesman Officer Anthony Grant
, police responded to an emergency call at around 1:45 a.m. on Saturday morning where they found the Tony-nominated actor unresponsive with several gunshots wounds in his back. He was then pronounced dead by responding paramedics, and homicide detectives are now investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting. Byrd was 70 years old.
Saddened by the news, Spike Lee took to Instagram
to comment on Byrd's passing. Including a photo of Byrd in Clockers
, Lee writes, "I'm So Sad To Announce The Tragic Murder Of Our Beloved Brother Thomas Jefferson Byrd Last Night In Atlanta,Georgia. Tom Is My Guy, Here Below You See Him As The Frightening Character Errol Barnes In Clockers
Lee added, "Brother Byrd Also Did His Thang In My Joints- Chi-raq,