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AJ Johnson comedian passes away at 55

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AJ Johnson, a famous comedian, has passed away at 55 after his representative confirmed his demise to multiple news outlets. However, no cause of death has been announced yet.

Anthony Johnson is an actor and comedian known for small but memorable roles. He starred in the 1995 movie Friday (with Ice Cube), where he played Ezal – a drug addict and thief who unintentionally interrupts a heist. His other film credits, where he was sometimes starred as A.J. Johnson, include House Party (1990), Menace II Society (1993) and B.A.P.S. (1997).

Johnson’s nephew confirmed that the comedian had a medical episode earlier in September 2021 and was rushed to the hospital. His agent, LyNea Bell, confirmed that AJ died in a hospital in Los Angeles County, Calif.

Bell’s statement reads: “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. He has left with us amazing memories of his laughter, dynamic acting skills, but most of all his enormous personality and heart of gold.”

The news of Mr Johnson’s death spread on Monday, 20 September 2021, with several actors and performers sharing memories and brief appreciations of the comedian on social media.

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See 5 interesting facts about AJ Johnson comedian

  1. He was born on 1 February 1966 to Eddie Smith in Compton, California and had two siblings: a brother named Edward Smith and a sister named Sheila.
  2. Johnson started acting in 1990, in his early twenties, after he landed a starring role as E.Z.E. in House Party; not long after, he started doing stand-up comedy in bars in Los Angeles.
  3. In 2009, Johnson reportedly suffered a heart attack at LaGuardia Airport in New York City while on his way to a comedy show. He, however, clarified in 2018 that it was a panic attack.
  4. AJ Johnson comedian was married to Lexis Jones Mason
  5. Johnson was found lifeless in a store and then rushed to a Los Angeles hospital, where he passed on 6 September 2021, but his death was publicly announced on 20 September by his representative LyNea Bell.

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