Otis Perkins Wiki – Otis Perkins Biography
Otis Perkins was a powerlifter known as the “Black Tom Cruise” who has died after injuries suffered in a car accident.
Larry “Wheels” Williams, his training partner, confirmed the news in an Instagram post. Williams wrote on July 24, 2021, “R.I.P @black_tom_cruise. The man brought laughs everywhere he went. He funniest man I ever met. He possessed all the traits of a GREAT friend. I love him and hold him closer to almost anyone I know. It hurts to accept he’s gone. No matter what life threw at him he kept a smile and his head held high. Otis Perkins, you will be missed.”
He was 39 years old.
According to BarBend.com, Perkins was in a car accident on Sunday, July 11, 2021, “that resulted in his car being flipped while he was inside.”
He was in a convertible with the top down, so he suffered eye and back injuries, the site reported. It was believed he would survive the accident. His official cause of death has not been released, but BarBend.com said that he is believed to have died from injuries suffered in that crash.
At the time of the accident, people close to him believed he would survive, but his future powerlifting was in serious question. While it’s thought that Perkins died as a result of the accident, an official cause of death had yet to be reported as of this writing. Comments and condolences filled Williams’ comment section from various members of the strength sports community once he shared the news.
Otis Perkins Died
Perkins died on the morning of July 24, 2021. His cause of death stemmed from the car accident he was in the week before. A GoFundMe page for Perkins raised more than $38,000. It described the circumstances of his death:
Friends, at 7:37, am this morning, Otis Perkins, aka BTC, passed away and went home to be with the Lord. He had sustained significant injuries due to a car accident on 7/11, but due to a high fever and lung complications from pneumonia, he couldn’t get enough oxygen to his lungs, and his heart gave out. I’m here at the hospital making preparations and will update you on services shortly.
At this time, the family request that you respect their privacy as they prepare for his homegoing service to celebrate his life and legacy. I will provide an update on his memorial as soon as possible, and I will include information if you wish to send condolences. I want to thank each one of you from the bottom of my heart for your love and support during this trying time. Our collective hearts are broken.
The GoFundMe page said, “Hi, As some of you may or may not know BTC (Black Tom Cruise aka Otis Perkins) was in a major car accident on Sunday, July 11. He has had surgery on his back and right eye and is recovering. The recovery process will be a lengthy one and we need your help. Please contribute to his Go-Fund-Me account to show your support and please send prayers and positive vibes his way for a speedy recovery.”
Perkins’ last Instagram post came on July 8, 2021. “26 lbs.(329.3 kg) deadlift. Big climb up hittin it in KG plates,” it read.
On July 3, he wrote, “his is gonna be a cold summer! The first pic is from last summer and swipes to see how I’m looking this year. Still coming close to the final form!”
In May, he wrote, “Been on the cardio tip and light lifting a little more lately giving the joints a break and more importantly trying to get back on that melted ice journey! Not too shabby for approaching 39 this month!”