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Tommy Lister, better known as Zeus to wrestling fans, passes away

Tommy Lister, the Hollywood actor who portrayed the character of Zeus in No Holds Barred and later at some WWE events, passed away at the age of 62.

According to TMZ, police got a call to check his apartment before 3PM yesterday after friends became worried that they had not heard from him since Wednesday night. Police officers made a welfare check and found him dead. He was pronounced dead on the scene and an autopsy is on the way although sources say natural causes seem to be the cause of death for now.

Known mostly for his role as Deebo in Friday, Lister played the bad guy in many roles throughout the years and also had roles in movies such as The Fifth Element and The Dark Knight. But perhaps wrestling fans will remember him most as Hogan’s arch nemesis in No Holds Barred in 1989.

The movie storyline then moved to the actual WWF ring where Zeus wrecked havoc, teaming up with Macho Man Randy Savage to face Hogan and Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake at SummerSlam 89. After shortly joining the Million Dollar Man, Zeus and Savage resumed their feud with Hogan and Beefcake which ended with a steel cage match taped during Wrestling Challenge but aired as a pay-per-view match along with the movie.

Lister also appeared shortly for WCW under the name of Z-Gangsta.

Colin Vassallohttps://www.wrestling-online.com
Colin Vassallo has been editor of Wrestling-Online since 1996. He is born and raised in Malta, follows professional wrestling and MMA, loves to travel, and is a big Apple fan!

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