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ROB GARRISON was an American actor who was best known for his role as Tommy in the classic Karate Kid film in 1984. How did Rob Garrison die?

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Rob Garrison was a popular actor whose claim to fame came in the late 80s when he starred in the classic film - The Karate Kid. The star went on to play a role in the spin-off series, Cobra Kai, which is on . The actor died back in 2019, aged 59, and Express.co.uk has all you need to know about what happened.

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How did Cobra Kai actor Rob Garrison die?

Robert Garrison was an actor from West Virginia, who began his acting career in the 1970s.

He started off in small roles in the late 70s, before studying theatre at Ohio University.

Once he had graduated he landed his first major role as Tommy in The Karate Kid. His character was one of the students at the Cobra Kai studio and he was known for being sarcastic about the group.

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His character suffered brain damage in the first season of Cobra Kai, and by the second season, Tommy was suffering from terminal cancer.

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In an iconic and emotional scene, Tommy made an escape from the hospital in order to ride motorcycles with his old friends.

His character died the next morning, following a night of revelling and living out his final wishes to have fun.

Garrison had originally auditioned for the role of Johnny alongside William Zabka, but fans were glad he landed the alternative role.

The actor died on September 27, 2019, having suffered from kidney and liver issues.

He had been ill during filming for the second season of Cobra Kai and he was eventually taken to a hospital in West Virginia to receive treatment.

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