Thursday, October 28, 2021

Anthony ‘AJ’ Johnson, ‘Friday’ and ‘House Party’ actor, dies at 55

Christie D’Azurilla
Los Angeles Times

Anthony “AJ” Johnson, the comedian and actor best known for starring in the 1990s movies “Friday,” “Men’s II Society,” and “House Party,” has died. He was 55 years old.

Johnson’s death was confirmed Monday by his agent, Linnea Bell.

“The comedy world is really shaken up again,” she said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. “Our BH Talent family is saddened by the loss of iconic legend of stage and screen, Mr. Anthony ‘AJ’ Johnson. He has left us wonderful memories of his laugh, dynamic acting prowess, but above all his immense personality and heart of gold .

Bell posted a picture of the actor on Instagram, writing, “My heart hurts… the world lost an icon. A LEGEND ..RIPAJ JOHNSON .. You will be missed by many on many levels.”

No cause of death was given. TMZ reported that Johnson was found unresponsive at a store in Los Angeles earlier this month and was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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Johnson had over 40 credits in films and TV shows including “Moesha” and “Martin”.

“Saddened to wake up to the news of the passing of AJ Johnson. A naturally funny dude who was straight out of Compton at the same time. Sorry, I couldn’t get your character Azle back on the big screen last Friday,” Ice Cube tweeted on Monday, a film project planned for a 2023 release.

Ice Cube, who co-wrote “Friday” with DJ Pooh, appeared in the 1995 comedy alongside Johnson and then-newcomer Chris Tucker.
DJ Pooh tweeted, “Relax AJ!”

Johnson is survived by his wife Lexis, three children and his brother and sister.

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