Popular American comedian and actor Anthony 'A.J.' Johnson, known for his appearances in films like House Party (1990) and Friday (1995), has passed away. He was 55. No cause of death or any other information has been listed. The news was confirmed by his representative, who issued a statement to the U.S. media. The statement is as follows: "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. 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."

Anthony Johnson began acting in the ‘90s when he landed his first role playing the character E.Z.E in the classic Reginald Hudlin comedy film, House Party, while also returning for the 1994 sequel, House Party 3. However, the Compton native’s most memorable role remains the 1995 film, Friday, starring Ice Cube and Chris Tucker. Johnson, who played the character in Friday, later appeared in films like Lethal Weapon 3, Menace II Society, Panther, The Great White Hype, The Players Club and several others throughout the 2000s. 

Outside of his work in films, Anthony Johnson also made appearances on notable television shows like Martin, Moesha, The Parent Hood, The Jamie Foxx Show and Malcom & Eddie. He also featured in the  music video of Dr. Dre’s 1993 single ‘Dre Day’, in which he parodied rapper Eazy-E, named Sleazy E. Johnson was later brought back by Eazy-E to reprise the role for his song ‘Real Muthaphukkin G’s’ as his response to Dr. Dre’s video. Condolences have been pouring in from leading celebrities and fans following the news of Johnson’s demise.