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AJ Johnson, who starred in the comedies Friday and Menace II Society, has died.  : NPR

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Actor Anthony Johnson in a scene from the film I have the hook, circa 1998.

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AJ Johnson, who starred in the comedies Friday and Menace II Society, has died.  : NPR

Actor Anthony Johnson in a scene from the film I have the hook, circa 1998.

Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images

Comedian and actor AJ Johnson has passed away. Johnson was best known for Friday, Menace II Society and Players club.

Anthony “AJ” Johnson, who played homeless drug addict Ezal in Friday and EZE in Home party, passed away on Friday. His death was confirmed by a spokesperson. He was 56 years old. No cause of death has been revealed.

According to TMZ, Johnson “was found lifeless in a store earlier this month in Los Angeles and rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.”

Johnson grew up in Compton. His father was a co-founder of the Black Stuntmen’s Association. In addition to the stand-up, he has appeared on television in shows such as Moesha and South central.

“He left us with incredible memories of his laughter, his dynamic acting skills, but most of all of his enormous personality and his heart of gold,” according to a statement from Johnson’s representative.

Ice Cube, who co-wrote and starred in Friday, paid tribute on Twitter, saying: “It’s sad to wake up to the news of the passing of AJ Johnson. A naturally funny dude coming straight out of Compton at the same time.”



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