Comedian AJ Johnson of Friday fame passed away earlier this month, leaving his widow burdened with funeral expenses. After she called out “fake fans” for their lack of support while the comedian was alive, celebs like Offset not only helped cover funeral costs but also supported his widow.
According to TMZ, Johnson’s widow, Lexis Jones Mason, has received over $70,000 in donations since announcing a GoFundMe account to assist with a homegoing service for the late comedian. Offset contributed $5,000 for the funeral services, while actor and comedian Lil Rel Howery pitched in $4,000 and comedian Michael Blackson reportedly chipped in $10,000.
“I’m asking for help but if I don’t get it, it’s fine … because I’m not leaving my husband in there like that,” Mason told TMZ. “We’re going to have a service. I’m going to do everything I know he would have done for me.”
Immediately after Johnson’s death was made public, hundreds of fans as well as former co-stars offered condolences and shared favorite memories of him on screen.
“Sad to wake up to the news about AJ Johnson passing away,” Ice Cube tweeted on Monday (September 20). “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 died in Los Angeles on September 6 at the age of 55.
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… https://t.co/gKbYZDZ4Br
— Ice Cube (@icecube) September 20, 2021