Social media became alive on the morning of October 12 with rumors that Martin star Thomas Mikal Ford had passed away in Atlanta. The rumors gained momentum when Blackish star Anthony Anderson tweeted that Ford had died. Anderson later retracted that statement saying, “I was given misinformation about our friend. That’s why the tweet was removed. We are all still praying for Tommy. He needs us even more.” On October 11, Anderson had tweeted, “Prayer is POWERFUL! I humbly ask 4 UR prayers 4 a friend. His name is Tommy. They say he may not make it thru the night but miracles happen!”
Ford’s wife, Gina, told TMZ that her husband is in grave condition and is on life support at an Atlanta hospital. The gossip site notes that Ford has been hospitalized since October 9 “after an aneurysm ruptured in his abdomen.”
In the weeks previous, Ford had posted on Instagram about having knee replacement surgery. A few days before he was hospitalized in the aftermath of the surgery, Ford wrote on social media, “Working really hard in physical therapy! My progress is amazing! Thank you for all of your prayers and words of encouragement! I’m excited about getting back to work!”
In addition to his role on Martin, where he played Tommy Strawn for the show’s entire five-year run, according to his IMDb page. He also had a role in the Eddie Murphy/Richard Pryor 1989 movie Harlem Nights. Ford’s other major roles included Lt. Malcolm Barker in New York Undercover and as Mel Parker in The Parkers.