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Upon hearing the news of Johnson’s death, Ice Cube took to Twitter to express his condolences writing:

“Sad to wake up to the news about AJ Johnson passing away. Naturally funny dude who was straight outta Compton at the same time. Sorry I couldn’t bring your character Ezal back to the big screen in Last Friday…”

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As one user online pointed out, Johnson’s passing marks yet another blow to the Friday cast, which has lost several of the actors behind its most memorable characters in the last few years. In 2020, Tommy “Tiny” Lister aka “Debo” passed away at the age of 62. The previous year, John Witherspoon, who hilariously played Ice Cube’s dad, died suddenly at 77.

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In addition to the aforementioned films, Johnson also appeared in several other films and TV shows including but not limited to: B.A.P.S., Menace to Society, Lethal Weapon 3, The Players Club, I Got The Hook Up, The Jamie Foxx Show, and Martin.

Johnson is survived by his wife Lexis, three children and two siblings. Sending love, thoughts, and prayers to all who knew and loved him. 

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