The other day, the tragic news of the death of actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd, known for his films Byrd, Lee’s Clockers Chi-Raq, Bamboozled, He Got Game and Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, was announced. Following this news, Spike Lee made a statement via his Instagram account and asked for donations for Byrd’s funeral resulting in many harsh reactions from his followers.
Shelton Jackson “Spike” Lee is an American actor, director, filmmaker and screenwriter who also has Emmy and two Academy Award nominations. Spike Lee is a director whose films are mostly social or political.
Actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd, known for his roles in director Spike Lee’s films, was found tragically shot in Atlanta, USA. In a statement made by the police, it was stated that the officers went to the scene at around 1.45 am on Saturday and found the 70-year-old actor shot in the back several times.
After this unfortunate and shocking death, Lee, who had known Byrd for years and said he saw him as his brother, shared a post that drew reaction from his social media account. In this post, Lee shared a shot of Byrd from the movie and wrote a striking note under it.
Lee, who set up GoFundMe, a donation platform for both his brother’s children and funeral expenses, was misunderstood by his followers. Although his intention was good, he was criticized because they thought that as a wealthy person, Lee should be the one paying for his brother’s funeral instead of asking for donations.
Here’s what he said:
“Due To The Very Sudden And Tragic Death Of My Brother Thomas Jefferson Byrd, I’ve Set Up A GoFundMe To Help His Children And Any Wake / Memorial And Funeral Expense. Please Click The Link In My Bio.”
Check out the post below.