Tommy, an American Dream worker, has died after a fall in Chicago, his family said in a statement.
“It is with great sadness that we must report that Tommy, an artist who loved life, lost his life today,” the family said.
Tommy dreamed of being a pilot.
He spent more than 30 years working in aviation and had been working on a mural in Chicago when he fell while painting.
“Tommy dreamed about being a plane pilot.
To have that dream realized, he sacrificed so much,” the statement said.
He died Tuesday at age 75.
In addition to his work on the mural, Tommy worked in a variety of other fields, including as a sculptor, a fabricator and a model.
He was a member of the United Steelworkers union and worked in Chicago’s steel industry.
The mural, which will be dedicated next year, was the subject of an investigation into the incident by the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper and a city investigation.
Chicago’s Metropolitan Area Transit Authority said that a preliminary review found the fall occurred while the mural was being painted.
“At this time, the Met’s Investigation Team is working with the Chicago Police Department and the Department of Buildings to determine what occurred and whether charges will be filed,” the agency said in its statement.
Tommies family thanked Chicago’s mayor and police department for their support.
“We are extremely saddened to hear of the passing of our loved one, Tommy, who loved this city and his art,” the announcement said.