Anthony Johnson (died September 6th, aged 55)
Anthony “AJ” Johnson, best known for his role as Ezal in 1995’s buddy stoner film Friday, died on September 6th at age 55. The comedian’s passing was publicly announced by his representative LyNea Bell on September 20th. “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 to The Hollywood Reporter. “He has left with us amazing memories of his laughter, dynamic acting skills, but most of all his enormous personality and heart of gold.”
While no cause of death has been publicly shared, Johnson’s nephew told TMZ that the actor was found lifeless in a store in Los Angeles and was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Johnson’s other notable acting roles include Spootie in the 1997 sex comedy film Def Jam’s How to Be a Player, L’il Man in 1998’s dark dramedy movie The Players Club, and Little Brother in 1998’s crime comedy flick I Got the Hook-Up.