Tommy Ford, the actor known for his role as Tommy Strawn on the sitcom “Martin,” has been hospitalized. Ford’s wife Gina Sasso confirmed the news to TMZ Wednesday.
A ruptured aneurysm in the actor’s stomach led to his admission into an Atlanta hospital Sunday. In the days after his arrival, Ford’s health has plummeted. Now, Ford is on life support.
Although it is anticipated Ford won’t make it through the night, Sasso said the family continues to keep him in their prayers. After tweeting misinformation about his friend’s passing, actor Anthony Anderson urged fans to pray for Ford.
Let us keep praying for #TommyFord he needs us more than ever! There is still hope if you have faith! pic.twitter.com/WddfcLZokI
— Anthony Anderson (@anthonyanderson) October 12, 2016
“He needs us more than ever,” Anderson wrote. “There is still hope if you have faith.”
Twitter user @iBleedMuzk88, a singer based in Atlanta, stated he was at the hospital with Ford. He urged his followers to pray for the 52-year-old and maintained that Ford was still alive.
I’m here at the hospital with #TommyFord please ignore the media and keep us n your prayers he IS STILL WITH US!
— #ATL #CAU #HBCU #AUC (@iBleedMuzk88) October 12, 2016
Actress Terri Vaughn also disputed claims that Ford died. She then encouraged others to “pray for a miracle.”
TOMMY FORD has NOT passed!! He’s not doing well at all. Keep praying FOR A MIRACLE!!!!
— Terri Vaughn (@terrijvaughn) October 12, 2016
Fans also tweeted messages of support. They spurred several hashtags, including #PrayForTommyFord.
Sending prayers to #TommyFord family and friends 😪🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼. Be #strong #prayfortommy
— Sharrie McCain (@really_sharrie) October 12, 2016
I’m hearing conflicting reports about Tommy Ford from Martin so I’m praying for him. #TommyFord #PrayForTommyFord
— Latrice Butts (@latricebutts) October 12, 2016
Ugh my fav show EVER … #PrayforTommy 😩😩 I’m gonna cry pic.twitter.com/Jr61cDe3b1
— Kennedi Fort (@foreverklsf) October 12, 2016
Sending my prayers to #TommyFord and his family god please let him live pic.twitter.com/7FXzbOngS9
— Uncle Bernz (@DeadMonBernz) October 12, 2016
Ford – known as Martin Lawrence’s best friend with an unknown job on the 1990s sitcom – shared that he underwent knee replacement surgery on Sept. 28. on Instagram. He documented his recovery in the weeks after, including physical therapy.
“I can’t wait until the recovering process is over so I can GET BACK TO WORK DAWG!” he wrote days after surgery on Oct. 3.
Vibe reported the actor had been working on a documentary before his hospitalization this week.