According to his representative LyNea Bell, comedian and actor Anthony “AJ” Johnson, known for his character Ezel in “Friday,” has died at age 55.
"The world of Comedy has truly been shaken, again. Our BH Talent family is heartbroken about the loss of the iconic legend of stage and screen Mr. Anthony "AJ" Johnson," Bell said in a statement. "He has left with us amazing memories of his laughter, dynamic acting skills, but most of all his enormous personality and heart of gold."
A cause of death hasn’t been confirmed.
Johnson also starred in “House Party,” “Menace II Society,” “Lethal Weapon 3,” “The Players Club,” and “B.A.P.S.” On television he starred on “Martin” and “Malcolm & Eddie.”
His Friday co-star Ice Cube paid tribute to him, saying, "Sad to wake up to the news about AJ Johnson passing away. Naturally funny dude who was straight outta Compton at the same time. Sorry I couldn't bring your character Ezal back to the big screen in ‘Last Friday’..."
He is survived by his wife Lexis, three children and two siblings.