According to the ‘Friday’ star’s family, they are struggling to pull together the funds to pay for his funeral and other costs associated with his death. Unfortunately, Johnson’s wife — Lexis Jones Mason — the family has been getting a ton of what she says is “fake love” from people after the death of her husband. In other words, many of them have offered to help, but haven’t stepped up to the plate.
The family decided to launch a page on the fundraising site, in hopes of gathering a bit of money from his fans and anyone else who might want to help. The goal is $20,000, and at this point, it has reached a bit over $15,000.
‘Friday’ Star’ Family Is Asking For Donations For His Burial Costs
“One of our favorite and beloved comedians, A.J. Johnson has gone to be with the Lord. Please help us by donating to his homegoing service and ongoing support for his children and grandchildren. We want to honor him the way he deserves,” a message on the site reads.
As we said, Johnson’s wife is upset that many of the actor’s friends and peers are willing to lend emotional support instead of helping financially, which is really what they need at the moment. Also, the family wants it to be clear, they are not asking for any type of handout — in fact, funerals are very expensive these days and it is needed to do it properly.
Unfortunately, if no one comes through, the family might be forced to cremate the actor and find alternatives to having a proper funeral and burial.
Interestingly, Mason doesn’t specifically call out any celebrities connected to her late husband — but, he starred in several movies including ‘Friday’ where massive stars are attached to the same film. In other words, it would be the drop in the bucket for someone like Ice Cube or Chris Tucker, but she didn’t specifically ask them.
Anthony ‘Ezal’ Johnson Was Found Unresponsive In Los Angeles Store
As we reported, Anthony passed away earlier this month after he was found unresponsive inside a Los Angeles store. The actor was rushed to a local hospital but was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. Anthony is well known in the Hollywood scene, after playing crackhead ‘Ezal’ in ‘Friday’ — a monster role that has earned him a forever spot in hip-hop history. The actor was also featured in the ‘House Party’ movies, along with other minor roles.
Ice Cube broke his silence on the passing of his co-star, saying, “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’s manager also issued a statement on the death, saying, “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. 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, three 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.”