Dearon “Deezer D” Thompson, best known for his role in the old medical drama “ER”, has passed away. He was 55 years old.
Thompson’s death was confirmed to TMZ by his brother, Marshawn, who relayed his family’s belief that he died of a heart attack. An official cause of death has not yet been revealed.
The newspaper reports that Thompson was found unanswered at his Los Angeles home on Thursday. He notes that he already had surgery in 2009 on his heart to replace an aorta and repair a leaky heart valve.
Thompson, who was commonly known by his nickname “Deezer D”, appeared on “ER” from 1994 to 2009 playing the role of nurse Malik McGrath. He is said to have appeared in nearly 200 episodes of the hit medical series.
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The actor also appeared in the films “Fear of a Black Hat” and “CB4” in 1993, “Bringing Down the House” in 2003 and “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion” in 2009. According to reports, the actor was also known in the underground hip-hop and Christian communities, once hosting a Christian radio show in Los Angeles. Most recently, he also worked as a fitness trainer, according to reports.
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His ‘ER’ co-star Terry Wilkerson reacted to his death Thursday, writing on Twitter, “I had the pleasure of working with Deezer D on ER One of the kindest, sweetest souls ever. Even before Diversity was popular, it did so on one of the biggest shows on the network. Prayers to his family. Be still my brother. “
Scott Baio, a “Happy Days” alumnus, said he recently worked with the late actor on a movie.
“I am sad to learn of the sudden death of my friend Deezer. He was a devoted Christian. I just had the privilege of working with #DeezerDThompson on a @PureFlix movie. #CourtingMomAndDad. Sending my prayers and condolences to his family. Especially her young son, ”Baio wrote.
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Producer Neal Baer also paid tribute to Thompson on Twitter, calling him a “kind, kind and wonderful man to work with on ER.”