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RIP Anthony ‘A.J.’ Johnson: GoFundMe Launches As Fans Mourn Latest ‘Friday’ Star To Die

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AJ Johnson, comedian, dies

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Actor and comedian Anthony “AJ” Johnson has reportedly died at the age of 56. According to HipHopWired, Johnson was found lifeless in a Los Angeles store in early September. A family member reportedly discovered Johnson.

The actor who was widely known for his role on the “Friday” franchise of movies was rushed to the hospital but pronounced dead shortly after. There was no official cause of death immediately released, and reports of his death have yet to be confirmed.

Fans took to social media to try to make some sense of the tragic loss, but there were more questions than answers as news of his death broke.

A GoFundMe page created by Lexis Jones Mason was created early Monday morning to raise money for Johnson’s home going service and to support his children and grandchildren.

“We want to honor him the way he deserves,” the GoFundMe says in part.

Johnson was born May 5, 1965, in Compton, California.

He took up acting at a young age and in 1982 worked on the movie “Puss In Boots.” He would later star in “House Party,” “Menace II Society” and “Lethal Weapon 3.”

His career would continue to blossom as he appeared in more than 50 films and TV shows, thriving in the ’90s. He has also starred in some movies that have garnered cult classic status in the Black community, including “The Players Club” and “I Got the Hook Up.”

HipHopWired reported that “Johnson continued to work in standup comedy over the years and was still active as an actor well into the 21st Century.”

His friends took to social media to show their respects.

Johnson’s death followed that of two other “Friday” stars: John Witherspoon, who died in 2019; and Thomas “Tiny” Lister, who died last year.

This is a developing story that will be updated as additional information becomes available.


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J.D. Smith is a Tech Investor, Author, and Economist. He is the Founder of Visionary Creative International, a Tech-Based Consumer Solutions Company. He is also the Publisher for Black Media Daily, a 24/7 media outlet providing a voice for black content creators and a place to control their image throughout the Diaspora. J.D. is also the co-author of the book 100 Questions Black People Should Ask themselves, and a best-selling author of the book Made By Hustle. As a digital nomad, he promotes the importance of black travel and working from anywhere.


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