Anthony Johnson, 'Friday' actor and comedian, dies at age 55

Anthony Johnson, the actor and comedian best known for his roles in  “ Friday” and "House Party," has died. He was 55.

His rep, LyNea Bell, confirmed the news to USA TODAY, calling Johnson an "iconic legend of stage and screen." The date and cause of his death has not yet been released.

"The world of comedy has truly been shaken, again," Bell said. "He has left with us amazing memories of his laughter, dynamic acting skills, but most of all his enormous personality and heart of gold. We will be in constant prayer for his entire family including his wife Lexis, 3 children, brother Edward 'Peanut' Smith, sister Sheila, and lifetime manager and friend Mike D. Please give them the time they need to process and grieve such a huge loss.”

Johnson, who was also known to fans as  A.J. Johnson, appeared in several movie roles including E.Z.E. in 1990's "House Party" and Ezal in the 1995 Ice Cube-Chris Tucker classic "Friday."

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