Hulk Hogan hit hard by Tommy Lister's death as WWE star shares emotional tribute
Hulk Hogan has paid an emotional tribute to Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister after his former WWE rival died this week.
The legendary star – who had a number of in-ring clashes with Zeus over the years – seems to have been hit hard by the actor’s death, and he had to take some time for himself before making a public statement.
Breaking his silence, Hogan – whose real name is Terry Bollea – tweeted: ‘Yo Zeus RIP my big brother,it’s taken a couple of days for me to regroup,love U4LifeHH (sic)’
Lister first stepped into the wrestling world when he faced Hulk Hogan in 1989 movie No Holds Barred, before making a move into the squared circle.
The actor was found dead on Thursday by police who performed a welfare check at his apartment in Marina Del Rey, California, after friends became worried about him.
According to TMZ, friends and business associates of Lister had not heard from the star since Wednesday.
While his cause of death has yet to be determined, Lister’s manager Cindy Cowan said that he had been experiencing ‘Covid symptoms’ for a week.
In a statement, WWE said: ‘WWE is saddened to learn that Tom ‘Tiny’ Lister, known as Zeus to the WWE Universe, passed away today at age 62.’
All Elite Wrestling tweeted: ‘AEW and the wrestling world mourn the passing of Thomas ‘Tiny’ Lister, Jr, our thoughts are with his family, his friends and his fans.’
And IMPACT Wrestling star Cody Deaner wrote: ‘I was absolutely terrified of Zeus as a kid. Terrified.
‘He went on to play many iconic roles. But to me and my wrestler brain… he’ll always be Zeus. The man who terrified me. #RipTinyLister’
Former WWE star Shane ‘The Hurricane’ Helms added: ‘Dammit!! From Zeus to Deebo to President Lindberg, dude played some iconic roles. Thank you for all the entertainment.’
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