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‘Friday’ Actor Anthony Johnson Dead at 55

Anthony “AJ” Johnson, an actor and comedian best known for his role as the affable, thieving drug addict Ezal in the 1995 hit “Friday,” has died. He was 55

Johnson was found unresponsive inside a Los Angeles store earlier this month and was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, a family representative told celebrity news website TMZ.

No cause of death has been released.

Born in 1965 in Compton, Calif., Johnson began acting in his early 20s, getting his first big break with a bit role in the 1990 Kid ‘n Play vehicle “House Party.”

He went on to star in “Lethal Weapon 3,” “Menace II Society,” “B*A*P*S,” “House Party 3,” “How to Be a Player,” “I Got the Hook-Up,” “Hot Boyz” and “I Got the Hook-Up 2.”

Stacy M. Brown

I’ve worked for the Daily News of Los Angeles, the L.A. Times, Gannet and the Times-Tribune and have contributed to the Pocono Record, the New York Post and the New York Times. Television news opportunities have included: NBC, MSNBC, Scarborough Country, the Abrams Report, Today, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, Imus in the Morning and Anderson Cooper 360. Radio programs like the Wendy Williams Experience, Tom Joyner Morning Show and the Howard Stern Show have also provided me the chance to share my views.

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