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Actor Tommy Ford, Best Known for 'Martin' Sitcom, Dies

Actor Tommy Mykal Ford, best known for his role as 'Tommy' on the hit 90's sitcom 'Martin,' died Wednesday after an aneurysm burst in his abdomen. He was 52.

Joy Pervis, Ford's representative, confirmed the actor's death in a family statement shared with NBC.

"It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of our beloved son, father, brother, husband, and friend," the family said.

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Thomas Mikal Ford on stage during R Kelly performance at American Airlines Arena on May 28 in Miami. Johnny Louis / WireImage file

For the past several weeks, Ford had been documenting his recovery from a knee replacement surgery on social media. TMZ reported early Wednesday that Ford had been hospitalized over the weekend when complications developed from his surgery and had been placed on life support.

Rumors of the actor's death began circulating on social media after Ford's friend, comedian Anthony Anderson, tweeted earlier Wednesday that the actor had died. Anderson later deleted the tweet, saying he was misinformed and instead requested prayers for Ford and his family.

"They say he may not make it through the night, but miracles happen!," Anderson tweeted.

Ford was best known for playing Martin Lawrence's affable and dependable best friend "Tommy" on the 90's sitcom. He also had reoccurring roles in the comedy series "The Parker's" and "New York Undercover."