Comedian and actor Anthony Johnson, best known for his role as the character “Friday,” died in his sleep this morning at the age of 35. The Los Angeles Coroner’s office reports that Johnson suffered from a heart attack in his sleep. He was discovered by his roommate, who called 9-1-1 but was unable to revive him.
Johnson, along with Chris Tucker, made up the duo of detectives in Rush Hour, a buddy cop movie that was popular amongst youth culture at the time of it’s release in 1998. Since then he has worked continuously as an actor and comedian often taking bit parts rather than leading roles or starring vehicles. He was to be seen later this year in the comedy film “The Perfect Match” which stars Terrence Jenkins and Cassie Ventura.
He was also active on social media, maintaining both a Facebook page and Twitter account. He last posted to his twitter account yesterday at 6:39 pm ET. His last post read, “You only live once…but if you do it right, once is enough.”
Fellow actors and friends expressed their condolences on Twitter with the hashtag #RIPFriday. Since the news broke of his death, several young comedians have taken to twitter to express how much he inspired them.
Despite this tragic end to his life, Johnson leaves behind a long list of movies and television shows that have entertained many over the years. His friends and fans wish to express their condolences as well as thank him for his service to comedy, cinema and television.