Anthony “AJ” Johnson who played an unforgettable role as a crackhead named Ezal in the cult-classic movie Friday, has died, TMZ reports.
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… https://t.co/gKbYZDZ4Br
— Ice Cube (@icecube) September 20, 2021
Johnson’s wife Lexis Jones Mason created a GoFundMe page Monday morning for funeral costs and to aid his children and grandchildren.
“We want to honor him the way he deserves,” the GoFundMe says.
According to Variety Magazine, LyNea Bell, a spokesperson for BH Talent which is the agency that represented Johnson, said about the comedian,
“He has left with us amazing memories of his laughter, dynamic acting skills, but most of all his enormous personality and heart of gold. We will be in constant prayer for his entire family including his wife Lexis, three children, brother Edward ‘Peanut’ Smith, sister Sheila, and lifetime manager and friend Mike D. Please give them the time they need to process and grieve such a huge loss.”
— DL Hughley (@RealDLHughley) September 20, 2021
When you watched Black Movies, Stand-Ups and Black Sitcoms in the 90s and some films in the early 2000s , Anthony Johnson was there. He understood the assignment of his supporting roles and made sure you laughed each time. You will be missed AJ #RIP 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/4mmYEu4n4R
— Ron Carthen (@rcarthen) September 20, 2021
“Did you at least pinch the bitch?!”
RIP Anthony Johnson
Seeing him & Bernie Mac in Players Club, BAPS, & Friday >>> pic.twitter.com/ep2zpxduW4
— Brittany | Influencer Marketing + Social Media (@MissBeeBright) September 20, 2021