Tom Lister Jr was an English actor best known for playing Carl King in Emmerdale from 2004 to 2012, as well as Harry Wainwright in Heartbeat and Rob Ingram in The Bill.
He died in his home in Marina del Rey in December 2020, at 62. The actor had COVID-19 at the time of his death.
However, according to an autopsy obtained by TMZ, he died of hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.
The autopsy also revealed that a nasal swab tested positive for COVID-19 and that the actor from The Fifth Element died with fluid in his chest. In addition, he had coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, poor leg circulation, and an enlarged heart.
In his final interview, he suffered from coronavirus symptoms, as he had difficulty speaking and clearing his throat. He also told his friend that he felt tired and had trouble breathing. He eventually canceled his first day of filming for a new movie.
Tom Lister’s relationship with his wife, Felicia Forbes
Lister and his former wife Forbes married in 2005 at the home of construction developer Faik Haroun in Cape Town. Forbes was a missionary who worked as a minister in Cape Town, where she was born.
She now works as a Human Resources Business Partner for ABM AVIATION INC, where she has been since November 2018.
Felicia Forbes and Tommy Lister were married and then separated. (Source: Instagram)
In 2003, the couple first crossed paths in South Africa while Lister was filming the movie Blast. Their romance quickly developed, and she relocated to California after marrying Lister. The actor later admitted to Jet magazine that he had always wanted a wife like Forbes because of her strong religious beliefs.
After many years of marriage, the actor revealed that he and Forbes had separated but were not divorced. He stated in 2019 that he had a girlfriend after an altercation between them was live streamed by the girlfriend.
This prompted police intervention, but no arrests were made. According to TMZ, Lister stated that the police advised him to obtain a restraining order against his alleged girlfriend, and he also indicated that she is now his ex because they were splitting up.
The woman’s identity was not revealed, and there has been no further word on the relationship.
Tom Lister and Felicia Forbes have one daughter
The couple welcomed a daughter in 2008 named Faith Grace Lister. As of 2022, she is 13 years old.
Forbes and her daughter have a close relationship. Lister shared a photo of her daughter and him taking a mirror selfie, captioning it, “In my daughter’s room the day before our photoshoot with the Debo clothing line, also known as big tiny.”
Tom Lister with his daughter Faith Grace Lister. (Source: Instagram)
Following the post, many of his followers remarked on him being a wonderful father. One user commented, “We love seeing men take care of and spend time with their children. Much respect and love.”
Since Lister’s death, Forbes and her daughter have avoided the media, and they are rarely active on social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook. As a result, learning anything about their whereabouts is difficult. Similarly, Forbes is likely to continue her missionary and pastoral work.