Remembering Tommy Mikal Ford: Lessons From His Life And Death
Sadly actor Tommy Ford , the funny sidekick on the hit show Martin for 5 years, has died. He was 52. TMZ first reported that Ford’s wife, Gina, confirmed the ‘Martin’ sitcom alum is still on life support following a ruptured aneurysm in his abdomen. But the evening of Wednesday, October 12, 2016, his health took a turn for the worse.
Less than a week before his death, Ford shared on his Instagram page that he was doing well in physical therapy following a recent knee replacement surgery. He wrote:
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!
Many of us who learned of the tragic news hadn’t ever heard of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The condition mostly found in men over age 60 with additional risk factors such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The word “aneurysm” is usually linked with the brain. According to the American Heart Association, about 5 percent of the U.S. population is affected by brain aneurysms, which occur when the blood vessel wall in the brain is weakened and bulges out.
Here’s some of the Tommy’s most memorable moments:
Many do not know that Tommy was also an avid Christian. Here’s a clip from him rejoicing in the word.
“We did 153 episodes of ‘Martin’ and there was not one episode that I didn’t open with prayer. I got my first acting job in church. God is in the building,” preached Ford.
Dr. Shanicka Williams, the “Diva MD” based in Chicago, says that an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) “is a bulge in the main artery that leaves the heart that then supplies blood to the rest of the body. If that bulge…