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The role that Tom played in Gatsby's death was that he was pretty much the instigator. Of course, it was not Tom who actually killed Gatsby. Instead, it was George Wilson who actually pulled the trigger.
Tom was involved, however, because it was he who led Wilson to Gatsby. He led Wilson to kill Gatsby by letting him think that it was Gatsby, and not Daisy, who ran Myrtle over with the car. He told Wilson this when Wilson showed up at Tom's house with a gun (he says to Nick in Ch. 9).
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