We are sad to report the death of another great talent from Black entertainment. Anthony “AJ” Johnson — best known for his roles in “House Party” and “Friday” — has died. He was 56 years old.
Johnson’s nephew told TMZ that the actor and comedian was found lifeless in a Los Angeles store earlier this month. He was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
No cause of death has been released at this time.
Johnson was known for his unique comedic and on-camera presence, and rose to fame in the 1990’s after landing the role of E.Z.E. in “House Party.”
He went on to grab roles in multiple huge productions like “Lethal Weapon 3” and “Menace II Society” before becoming a breakout star as “Ezal” in Ice Cube’s 1995 comedy “Friday.”
From there, Johnson’s star shined brighter than ever.
He went on to appear in nearly 50 films and TV shows, including “Moesha,” “Martin,” “Malcolm & Eddie,” “The Players Club,” “I Got the Hook Up,” and its sequel.
It was rumored that Johnson was going to reprise his role in the upcoming “Last Friday.”
A true talent. RIP A.J. You will be surely missed.
Famous Comedian #ezal from #friday has reportedly passed away. His cause of death is Unknown at this time. My condolences for his family🙏🙌— News.HipHop (@BeSwagggg) September 20, 2021
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