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The Karate Kid Cobra Kai Alumni Dead at 59

Robert Garrison

According to TMZ, Robert Garrison the actor best known for playing Tommy in “The Karate Kid” and its sequel has died according to his family.

The actor’s sister-in-law shared the tragic news, stating that he passed away early Friday morning, in a West Virginia hospital. She also told the outlet that Garrison’s death was not sudden, as he was being treated for kidney and liver problems that began about a month prior. While no official cause of death was shared, Garrison’s sister-in-law stated that he passed away after his organs began to shut down.

Garrison was most well-known for his role as Tommy, in the first Karate Kid movie, playing the part of the Cobra Kai team member yelled out, “Get him a body bag!” Garrison is survived by his brother, Patrick, and Patrick’s wife, Linda. He was 59.

Just hours after news broke Friday afternoon that Karate Kid actor, Robert Garrison had died at the age of 59 following organ shutdown, his co-star and on-screen Sensei, Martin Kove broke his silence in a post shared to social media over the weekend. Kove, best known as John Kreese in the three Karate Kid movies and leader of the Cobra Kai dojo, honored his “warrior” student in a heartfelt message posted to Instagram.

“I send my love and condolences to the family of my friend, who did such a wonderful job as a guest on the show last year. He was a really good man to those who personally shared his energy. You will be missed young Cobra, as a friend, in and out of the dojo …love sensei Kreese [Karate Kid, Cobra Kai] never die we just regroup.”

Ralph Macchio, is speaking out about his co-star’s passing. Macchio famously played Daniel LaRusso, the main character of the Karate Kid franchise, and Garrison played Tommy, one of the members of rival squad Cobra Kai. Garrison, whose character shouted the famous quote “Get him a body bag!” appeared in both The Karate Kid and The Karate Kid Part II alongside Macchio, and also appeared in one episode of Cobra Kai’s second season.

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Yesterday the world lost a beautiful soul and an incredibly gifted actor, and I lost one of my dearest friends — the one and only, Rob Garrison. Rob and I met when we were auditioning for “Karate Kid.” We instantly connected and became friends while filming the movie. Our friendship grew stronger over the many years since then. Rob was a true thespian — an “actors actor.” Working with him was always natural and effortless. He elevated every scene and moment inside of them. Outside of acting, he was one of the most selfless and wonderful human beings I’ve ever known and I will miss him immensely. Thank you to all of his fans for the tremendous outpouring of love & respect he’s being shown. I know it means a lot to his family and friends.

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