Grant said homicide detectives were working to determine the circumstances surrounding the shooting and declined to provide further details.
In an Instagram post on Sunday, Lee said he was sad to report Byrd’s death and recalled how the actor “did his thing” in his films, including Clockers, Chi-Raq, Bamboo, He has play and Da sweet blood of Jesus, among others.
“May we all extend condolences and blessings to his family,” Lee wrote. “Rest in peace, Brother Byrd.
Lee also shared some of his favorite scenes with Byrd from Clockers and Bamboo.
Byrd, also a stage actor, was nominated in 2003 for a Tony for his performance in the Broadway revival of Ma Rainey’s black background, with Whoopi Goldberg and Charles S. Dutton.
Oscar winner Viola Davis tweeted, “Oh no !!! 2020! Whaaattt !!! “
Oh no!!! 2020! Whaaattt !!! I loved working with you Byrd. What a beautiful actor you were. Sorry, your life ended this way. Pray for your family. I’m so sorry.💔💔💛💛💛 https://t.co/R9YxP4gNW4
Byrd was a “brilliant dancer, actor and friend,” Elisabeth Omilami, another actress and community activist, told WXIA-TV in Atlanta.
“He was a special person whose personality filled the whole room when he walked in, you knew he was there,” she said. “He worked his way through this very racist and difficult Hollywood system and was able to maintain a career through it all. ”
She said Byrd had just finished his last movie – Way to Freedom – with her husband, actor Afemo Omilami.
Actor Lori Petty tweeted: “What a man, what a talent… what a mad loss. “