"My brother…we were friends way b4 the Martin show & I'm glad we were able to show true friendship on-screen. You brought a lot of love to the world and you will be greatly missed," Lawrence, 51, captioned a black-and-white photo of Ford. "God Bless to you and the family. Rest In Peace my brother. #TommyFord #Brotherforlife."
Lawrence and Ford costarred on the comedy Martin for five seasons from 1992 to 1997. Lawrence played a radio and TV personality who often got into shenanigans with his best friend, Tommy Strawn, played by Ford.
As previously reported, Ford checked into an Atlanta hospital on Sunday for a ruptured aneurysm in his abdomen and was placed on life support. He was surrounded by family when he passed away.
Many more of Ford's famous friends shared their condolences on social media. "This is terrible news, man. #RIP," Steve Harvey tweeted on Wednesday.
"NOOO! Just hearing about the passing of #TommyFord WOW!" Vivica A. Fox added. "My heart is SOO sad RIP my friend! My deepest sympathies n prayers go 2 his family."
Read more remembrances below:
The world is going to greatly miss all the joy and laughter that you brought to it. Thinking of Tommy Ford’s family and friends today.
— LLCOOLJ. (@llcoolj) October 12, 2016
RIP Tommy Ford. Always had a smile on his face.
— Gary Owen (@garyowencomedy) October 12, 2016
— Susan Kelechi Watson (@skelechiwatson) October 13, 2016
damn tommy. next to coming to america, i can't think of another single pop culture franchise i've referenced more in my life. thank you bro https://t.co/WORljUqi6A
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) October 12, 2016
My condolences to the family of Thomas Mikel Ford. "Tommy" was an extremely funny & talented man. May he rest in power.
— Jackée Harry (@JackeeHarry) October 12, 2016
Rest n Peace Tommy Ford. Your spirit will be missed.
— David Alan Grier (@davidalangrier) October 12, 2016
There's not a episode of Martin I don't know!! I'm saddened to just hear about Tommy?my prayers go out 2 his family & friends..?? wow
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) October 13, 2016