Dearon “Deezer D” Thompson, best known for his role in the former medical drama “ER”, has died. He was 55 years old.
Thompson’s death was confirmed to TMZ by his brother Marshaun, who passed on his family’s belief that he had died of a heart attack. The official cause of death is yet to be announced.
The outlet reports that on Thursday Thompson was reacted at his home in Los Angeles. He notes that he previously underwent heart surgery in 2009 to replace the aorta and remove a ruptured heart shaft.
Thompson, known by his nickname “Deezer D”, appeared in “ER” from 1994 to 2009 in the role of nurse Malik McGrath. He reportedly appeared in almost 200 episodes of the hit medical series.
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The actor also appeared in the films “Fear of Black Hat” and “CB4” in 1993, “Demolition of the House” in 2003 and “Reunion of Roma and Michele High School” in 2009. According to reports, the actor was also known in the underground hip-hop and Christian communities, formerly leading 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 colleague Terry Wilkerson reacted to his death on Thursday by writing on Twitter, “I had the pleasure of working with Deezer D at ER. One of the sweetest gentlemen ever. One of the biggest shows on the web. Prayers to his family. Calm down, brother. “
Happy Days Fellow Scott Bayo said he had recently worked with the deceased actor in a film.
“I’m sad to learn of the sudden death of my friend Deiser. He was a devout Christian. I just had the privilege of working with #DeezerDThompson in the movie @PureFlix. #CourtingMomAndDad. I send my prayers and condolences to his family. Especially the little one.” , Bayo writes.
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Producer Neil Bayer also paid tribute to Thompson on Twitter, calling him “a cute, nice man and great for working with the ER.”