Comedian A.J. Johnson reported dead at 55
Popular comedian and actor Anthony Johnson, also known as A.J. Johnson, has died according to reports released early this morning. Johnson is known for his work as a stand-up comedian as well as for his roles in the "Friday" film franchise and "Lethal Weapon 3."
Johnson, 55, was born in Compton, California and began his acting career in the 1990's. His earliest major role came in 1990 in the popular hip-hop film "House Party." He is also widely recognized for his turn as a neighborhood drug-addict, Ezell, from Ice Cube's 1995 cult classic "Friday." The actor-comedian's work has earned him acknowledgement in hip-hop culture for his work in several rap music videos and films. Johnson has appeard on-camera alongside alongside business mogul Master P, billionaire producer Dr. Dre, and rap legend Eazy-E.
Johnson's nephew told media outlet TMZ that the comedian was found lying unconscious in a store early this month. Johnson was immediately rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. No cause of death has been released.
His work will be remembered through his extensive catalogue of comedic and dramatic roles.