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“Friday” and “House Party” actor Anthony “AJ” Johnson has died at 55

LOS ANGELES – Anthony “AJ” Johnson, a comedian and actor who has appeared in films such as “Friday” and “House Party”, has died, his representative said. He was 55 years old.

“The comedy world has been really shaken up again. Our BH Talent family is heartbroken over the loss of iconic stage and screen legend Mr. Anthony ‘AJ’ Johnson,” said Representative LyNea. Bell in a statement to NBC News. “He left us with incredible memories of his laughter, his dynamic acting skills, but most of all of his huge personality and his heart of gold. We will constantly pray for his whole family, including his wife Lexis, his three children. , her brother Edward ‘Peanut’ Smith, her sister Sheila and life manager and friend Mike D. Please give them the time they need to process and mourn such a huge loss. “

Anthony Johnson in a scene from the movie “I Got the Hook Up”.Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images

No cause of death or other information regarding his death has been announced.

Johnson’s career began in the 1990s, when he landed his first role in a major film of Reginald Hudlin’s classic comedy “House Party” in 1990, playing the character of EZE. He also appeared in the 1994 sequel “House Party 3”.

His most memorable role was in the 1995 comedy Ice Cube and Chris Tucker “Friday” as Ezal’s character. Johnson also appeared in films like “Menace II Society”, “Lethal Weapon 3”, “Panther”, “The Great White Hype”, “The Players Club” and other titles in the 2000s and 2010s.

On television, Johnson has appeared in episodes of “Martin”, “The Parent ‘Hood”, “Moesha”, “Malcolm & Eddie” and “The Jamie Foxx Show”.

The Compton native was featured in the music video for Dr. Dre’s 1993 single “Dre Day”. Johnson played a parody of rapper Eazy-E, called “Sleazy E,” in Dr. Dre’s diss track against his former member of the NWA. Eazy-E brought back Johnson as his song “Real Muthaphukkin G’s”, which was his response to Dr. Dre.

Following the news of Johnson’s death, celebrities and fans alike paid tribute to him on social media.

“Sad to hear the news of AJ Johnson’s passing. A naturally funny dude coming straight out of Compton at the same time,” Ice Cube wrote on Twitter.

Comedian Loni Love, co-host of “The Real,” added, “AJ was a pure nut… he was a comic book comic… condolences to his family and friends. Make God laugh, AJ”