Anthony Johnson dead: Lethal Weapon star dies aged 55 after being found lifeless in a shop

Anthony Johnson dead: Lethal Weapon star dies aged 55 after being found lifeless in a shop

September 20, 2021

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Anthony ‘AJ’ Johnson, 55, was reportedly found lifeless in a Los Angeles store and was rushed to hospital where he was later pronounced dead, his nephew told TMZ. Johnson was best known for his roles in House Party and Friday, and for starring in the Lethal Weapon franchise.

His acting career took off in the 90s and he went on to perform as a stand-up comedian.

The star appeared in movies including Lethal Weapon 3 and Menace II Society, before his most famous role playing Ezal in the 1995 comedy Friday alongside Ice Cube and Chris Tucker.

It was rumoured that AJ had been set to reprise his role in the upcoming movie Last Friday, the fourth and final instalment in the franchise.

Johnson also starred in a number of rap videos including Dr Dre’s Dre Day, where he played Sleazy-E, a parody of Eazy-E.

His death comes just months after fellow Friday star Tommy “Tiny” Lister died aged 62.

Tiny – the nickname he was ironically given at 6’5″ – was best known for appearing as Deebo in the box office smash.

The star was found “unconscious” in his Los Angeles apartment in December 2020 and died at the scene after previously battling Covid.

Tommy’s manager, Cindy Cowan, revealed he had been struggling to breathe just days before his death.

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