His death was confirmed to Deadline by his rep LyNea Bell. “It is with great sadness, I can confirm AJ’s passing at the age of 55,” Bell said in a statement.
A cause of death and other details have not been released.
Johnson, who often went by the professional name A.J. Johnson, appeared in several small TV roles prior to his breakthrough as the character E.Z.E. in the 1990 Kid ‘n Play comedy House Party. In his most notable movie role, Johnson played the crack-addicted thief Ezal in the 1995 Chris Tucker-Ice Cube comedy Friday.
Born in Compton, California, Johnson began performing stand-up comedy in the 1990s, continuing to do so as his acting credits steadily increased. His other films include Menace II Society (1993), B*A*P*S* (1997), and I Got The Hook-Up (1998), while TV credits include The Parent ‘Hood (1995), Malcolm & Eddie (1997) and The Jamie Foxx Show (1997). More recent credits include the film I Got The Hook Up 2 (2019) and 2015’s Office Staff.
Information on survivors was not immediately available.