Who was Deezer D and how did Dearon Thompson die?

FANS of Deezer D have been left shocked around the world after his sudden death.

The actor was just 55-years-old when he died.

Who was Deezer D?

Dearon Thompson, known professionally as Deezer D, was born on March 10, 1965, and was an American actor and rapper.

He was best known for his role as Nurse Malik McGrath in the US TV series ER.

As well as acting, Deezer D was known for his music and released his last album, Delayed, But Not Denied, in 2008.

Before that he released Unpredictable (2002) and Living Up In A Down World (1999).

How did Dearon Thompson die?

Deezer D died on January 7, 2021, of a suspected heart attack.

TMZ reports he was "found unresponsive at home" in Los Angeles on the morning of Thursday, January 7.

Despite there not being an official cause of death, his brother Marshawn has claimed his family believe it was a heart attack.

Dearon had a history of heart problems and had gone through major heart surgery to replace his aorta and fix a leaky heart valve in 2009.

Talking about his heart surgery in 2009, he told RadarOnline: "I have a heart valve that is leaking and the aorta had expanded to way beyond what it is supposed to be.

"As soon as the doctor identified what was going on, he put me in here… What I was going through for the last year – that was scary. I’m fearless about the surgery.”

How long did Deezer D play Malik McGrath in ER and what else did hestar in?

Deezer D played nurse Malik McGrath alongside George Clooney in almost 200 episodes.

He was on the famous show from 1994 until 2009.

After this, Deezer D switched his focus to movies.

He was known for his roles in the films Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, CB4 and Fear of a Black Hat.

What tributes have been made for Deezer D?

Friends have been paying tribute to Dearon, describing him as a "bright, beautiful soul".

Actress Jennifer Gimenez said: "My heart hurts so bad right now. I just found out about the passing @DearonThompson.

"I knew him since I was a kid. He grew up with my family members, as an adult he was a spiritual brother to me. May you Rest In Peace my friend."

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