Actor Tommy Ford, best known for ‘Martin’ role, dies at 52

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Actor Tommy Ford attends ASPiRE Premiere Screening of 'Magic in the Making' on March 24, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for ASPiRE TV)

ATLANTA, Ga. — Actor Thomas Mikal Ford, known to his friends as Big Tommy, died Wednesday at the age of 52, his publicist confirmed.

Ford was best known for his role as Tommy, Martin’s best friend on the TV show “Martin,” which ran from 1992-97.

“This evening at 4:50 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends (he) transitioned from this life to life eternal,” his publicist tweeted.

Ford had been rushed to an Atlanta hospital after suffering an abdominal aneurysm, according to TMZ.

He had been on life support, but his health got worse and family decided Wednesday to take him off the support, according to TMZ.

Ford was also known for his roles in “Harlem Nights,” “The Parkers” and “who’s Got Jokes.”