Anthony Johnson, 'Friday' actor and comedian, has died

Anthony "AJ" Johnson is seen here in "Friday." Johnson passed away at the age of 55.

(CNN) -- Anthony "AJ" Johnson, an actor and comedian best known for his performance as Ezal in "Friday," has died, his representative LyNea Bell told CNN Monday. He was 55.

"The world of Comedy has truly been shaken, again. Our BH Talent family is heartbroken about the loss of the iconic legend of stage and screen Mr. Anthony "AJ" Johnson," Bell said in a statement. "He has left with us amazing memories of his laughter, dynamic acting skills, but most of all his enormous personality and heart of gold."

No cause of death has been publicly shared.

Anthony Johnson, 'Friday' actor and comedian, has died

Anthony "AJ" Johnson is seen here in 1998's "I Got the Hook Up." Johnson passed away at the age of 55.

Beyond his memorable performance in the 1995 hit film "Friday," Johnson also appeared in "House Party," "Menace II Society," "Lethal Weapon 3," "The Players Club" and "B.A.P.S" His television credits include "Martin" and "Malcolm & Eddie."

His "Friday" co-star Ice Cube took to Twitter to pay tribute, 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..."

Johnson is survived by his wife Lexis, three children, and his two siblings.

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