Outer Banks star Chase Stokes has released the following statement following the passing of his stunt double AJ Jennings.
Anthony “AJ” Johnson – best known for his roles on Friday, The Players Club and B.A.P.S – tragically passed away on September 6, 2021 at the age of 55.
The actor and comedian was found unresponsive in a Los Angeles store and taken to hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. His cause of death was announced on Wednesday (February 9). His autopsy found Johnson died of “prolonged use of ethanol,” according to TMZ. In layman’s terms, he died of alcoholism, but the way he died was natural. Also, when doctors performed toxicology tests at the time of his death, no alcohol or common drugs were found in his system.
It was also revealed that he had tested positive for COVID-19 but found no signs of pneumonia.
His wife, Lexis, told the media she would set up a foundation for him and wanted the public to know the cause of her husband’s death as a “warning” of the deadly effects of alcohol.
A representative for Johnson shared this exclusive statement with VIBE at the time of his passing: “The comedy world has truly shaken once again. Our BH Talent family is heartbroken by the loss of legendary stage and screen legend Mr. Anthony “AJ” Johnson. He Left us with fond memories of his laughter, energetic acting, but most of all his huge personality and heart of gold. Our prayers will continue to be with his entire family including his wife Lexis, his his 3 children, his brother Edward “Peanut” Smith, his sister Sheila, and his life manager and friend Mike B. Please give them time, they need a lot of process and mourning for the loss.”