Comedian A.J. Johnson "EZELL" Is Dead
Anthony Johnson, best known for his roles in "House Party" and "Friday," has died.
A.J. was found nonresponsive in a store earlier this month in Los Angeles and rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. So far, no cause of death has been released.
He was born in Compton, California. His father was a stuntman and the founder of the Black Stuntman Association. Johnson began acting in his early twenties. In 1990, he starred in House Party, after which he started doing stand-up comedy in bars in Los Angeles. He later appeared as a drug dealer in Lethal Weapons 3. His most significant role was in the 1995 comedy "Friday" as Ezel. He also appeared in Panther, The Players Club, B*A*P*S; I Got The Hook-Up, Def Jam's How to Be a Player, and Repos. Johnson also did Dr. Dre's "Dre Day" (1992) ), where he played Sleazy-E, imitating Eazy-E. He appeared again as Sleazy-E in Eazy-E's "Real Muthaphuckkin G's" (1993).