ATLANTA -- Actor Tommy Ford passed away Wednesday afternoon, multiple sources said.

Ford, 52, was best-known for playing the role of Martin Lawrence's best friend in the 1990s sitcom "Martin."

He had been in the hospital battling an unknown condition, a representative told 11Alive earlier Wednesday. Rumors had spread on social media that he had passed away, but the rep refuted those reports.

However, Jay Mathis PR later Tweeted that Ford passed away at 4:50 p.m, "surrounded by family and close friends." also reported the news, saying Ford died in an Atlanta hospital of a brain aneurysm.