Thomas Jefferson Byrd dead: Spike Lee collaborator shot dead in Atlanta

Thomas Jefferson Byrd dead: Spike Lee collaborator shot dead in Atlanta

Actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd has died after being shot in Atlanta, Georgia.

The 70-year-old died of multiple gunshot wounds in the early hours of Sunday morning, police have confirmed.

CNN reports that authorities were called to an address to attend an injured person. When they arrived, Byrd was found unresponsive.

The circumstances around his death will be investigated.

Oscar-winning director Spike Lee paid tribute to his “beloved brother” Byrd.

The duo worked together numerous times with Byrd appearing in a number of Lee’s projects, including Chi-raq, He Got Game and Clockers.

“Tom Is My Guy,” Lee’s tribute continued. “May We All Wish Condolences And Blessings To His Family. Rest In Peace Brother Byrd.” [sic]

He also posted a series of prayer emojis and purple hearts, sharing the message alongside a vintage picture of Byrd.