‘Karate Kid’ actor Robert Garrison dead at 59

‘Karate Kid’ actor Robert Garrison dead at 59

‘Karate Kid’ actor Robert Garrison dead at 59

He famously yells, "Get him a body bag!"

Rob Garrison, who played Tommy, one of bully Johnny Lawrence's goons in the Ralph Macchio-Noriyuki "Pat" Morita film, died Friday at a West Virginia hospital, TMZ reported.

A rep for Garrison called the actor "an ambassador to The Karate Kid legacy" in a statement to Fox News on Friday.

Garrison began his thespian career as a child actor in the 1970s before landing his breakout role in the 1980s classic.

A cause of death was not officially released, though reports indicate he had been ill for a time. In 2019, he reunited with Zabka for a season 2 episode of Cobra Kai, in which Johnny and his old Cobra Kai buddies (Ron Thomas and Tony O'Dell) spring Tommy from the hospital, where he is being treated for cancer. For the past 20 years, Garrison's contributions to film and television had been scarce until he returned to season two of Cobra Kai earlier this year. After springing Tommy from the hospital, they take him camping at Big Bear Lake. After a night of fun and reminiscing, Tommy passes away in his sleep. The actors "were thrilled to get the chance to put on the masks of these characters again", executive producer Josh Heald told Entertainment Weekly.

He continued making onscreen appearances in "Coach", "The Iron Eagle", "Columbo" and "MacGyver" before joining the cast of YouTube's "Cobra Kai".

Garrison tweeted a message of thanks to his fans after his appearance. Makes me feel great. "Had a wonderful time doing it", he wrote. His death was a result of his organs shutting down, Garrison's sister-in-law Linda told TMZ. The family is in the middle of planning funeral arrangements. Our condolences go out to his family.

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