Anthony “A.J.” Johnson, best known for his role as Ezal in Friday, has died at 55 years old.
LyNea Bell, the actor’s rep, confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter:
“We lost an icon. He will be greatly missed. 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.”
Friday co-star and creator Ice Cube also paid tribute to his late friend on social media, sharing a photo of Johnson on Instagram with a caption that reads, “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…”
In addition to starring in Friday, Johnson appeared in title such as House Party, Menace II Society and Lethal Weapon 3, as well received credits in Martin and Malcolm & Eddie.