The wife of Friday actor Anthony Johnson has revealed that she and her family are struggling to afford her husband’s funeral expenses after his death at 55.
Lexis Jones Mason told TMZ on Wednesday morning that they had a “fake love” following the comedian’s sudden death as their crowdfunding efforts failed dramatically.
The family had started a GoFundMe in hopes of raising money to pay for a service and a funeral, but donations had totaled just under $ 800 at the time of their interview with the publication.
Sad loss: actor Anthony Johnson died suddenly in Los Angeles at the age of 55, it was revealed on Monday; seen in the movie I Got The Hook-Up
Tough times: Wife Lexis Jones Mason revealed to TMZ on Wednesday that she and her family were struggling to afford her husband’s funeral expenses as their attempt to raise funds on GoFundMe was significantly insufficient
However, things have already started to improve as they have since been able to raise over $ 7,000 on Wednesday morning.
Lexis had tears streaming down her face as she spoke about wrestling in her interview with TMZ as she said, “If you want to give what they want to give, I would appreciate it. don’t, it’s them.
She goes on to say that many had told her that they would be part of the effort, but that has yet to materialize and that many are choosing to send emotional sports instead of the money they actually need to it. Stadium.
With tears streaming down her face, Lexis said, “But please stop the fake love. Please stop fake calls. Please stop the fake texts. Please just for our family and when I say our family I mean me, the children and the grandchildren. Stop him.
Lexis had tears streaming down her face as she spoke about wrestling in her interview with TMZ as she said, “If you want to give what they want to give, I would appreciate it. don’t, it’s them ‘
Johnson was revealed to have died suddenly at the age of 55 in Los Angeles on Monday.
The star was best known for his comedic turns in the House Party (1990) and Friday (1995) films, but he also had a successful career as a stand-up comedian in Los Angeles.
Her nephew told TMZ that Anthony was found passed out in a Los Angeles store earlier this month. He was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The cause of death has not yet been released, according to the site.
In 2017, he reportedly suffered a panic attack at New York’s LaGuardia Airport while on his way to a comedy show. It is not known if his anxiety problems are related to his death.
“Please stop false love”: she goes on to say that many had told her that they would participate in the effort but it has not yet materialized and that many choose to send emotional sports to the instead of the money they really need at this point
Johnson’s representative contacted TMZ following news of his death.
“Our BH Talent family is saddened by the loss of an incredible iconic comedy legend, our client and friend Anthony” AJ “Johnson,” said the representative.
“We pray for all those who have been touched by his comedy, his acting, but above all his life. We pray especially for his beloved wife, children, siblings and director. ‘
The funny man rose to fame in 1990 when he played the role of EZE in the movie House Party which starred the hip hop duo Kid ‘n Play.
Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell and Daryl ‘Chill’ Mitchell also appeared in the film.
The movie was about a crazy night out at home with a popular DJ and pretty women.
Good shot: he had more reach than Ezal in the 1995 cult classic Friday
In one scene: the hilarious movie about cannabis smokers who don’t do much other than sit outside their house starred Ice Cube, Chris Tucker
Anthony went on to play guest roles in bigger budget films like Lethal Weapon 3 and Menace II Society.
He had more reach than Ezal in the 1995 cult classic Friday. The hilarious movie about cannabis smokers who don’t do much other than sit outside their homes starred Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Nia Long, Bernie Mac, Tiny ‘Zeus’ Lister Jr. and John Witherspoon.
There has been talk that Johnson will reprise his role in the upcoming sequel called Last Friday.
He had a future: there were talk of Johnson reprising his role in the upcoming sequel named Last Friday
Johnson has also appeared on several television shows as a guest star.
He was in Moesha, Martin, Malcolm & Eddie, The Players Club and I Got the Hook Up and its sequel.
The versatile star has also done well as a stand-up comedian in Los Angeles clubs.
He was born and raised in Compton, California. Anthony found his way into acting thanks to his father who worked as a stuntman.
When he entered the business, he went through AJ Johnson.
His last role was in the 2019 film The Dummy starring Souljah Boy, Steve Turner and Brian Hooks.
Her Friday co-star, Witherspoon, died in 2019 at age 77 at her Sherman Oaks home. His wife, actress Angela, said she was “just in shock”.
Witherspoon is survived by his sons Alexander and JD.
‘So … my dad died today and honestly, I’m not sure how to feel. I’m sad, but I’m also happy 4 for all the good times we had together. We roasted more like pals than Father and Son, and I really liked it about us, ”he posted.
“Seriously, I work as hard as I do thanks to seeing him work for literally 77 years of his life, and I’m so damn proud to be his son.
Remembrance: Comedian and comedian John Witherspoon died in 2019 in Los Angeles, aged 77 (seen in 2005)
Warrior of the Weekend: Witherspoon is probably best known for his role in Friday, where he played the Curmudgeonly Mr. Jones opposite Ice Cube and Chris Tucker, seen above
“If I even have half the career and the impact it has had on people, I will be very happy. His legacy will live on through me, my family, his friends and everyone who has been touched by him here on earth. He was my best friend and my hero. I love you daddy … I will miss you. ‘
JD – whose godfather is David Letterman – said that “time waits for NOBODY, so if you have a loved one or someone close to your heart, let them know ASAP!”
He admitted, “I would have liked to call my dad today. Or stopped by his house to say hello one last time.
He was born in Detroit in 1942 as John Weatherspoon, changing his name when he embarked on a career as an actor.
Witherspoon made her film debut in 1980 in The Jazz Singer, later appearing in films such as Vampire In Brooklyn, Hollywood Shuffle, Boomerang, I’m Gonna Get Your Sucka, Soul Plane, and The Meteor Man.
His JD posted a tribute calling him “best friend and my hero” saying he “doesn’t quite know how to feel”. I’m sad, but I’m also happy 4 all the good times we had together ‘
Comedian Neal Brennan recalled on Wednesday a story Witherspoon’s Boomerang co-star Eddie Murphy told “about a time at the Comedy Store in the 1980s when Paul Mooney and” Spoon “were going to beat him in the parking lot. “.
Just two weeks ago, Witherspoon revealed that he was not Murphy’s first choice for his role in the film. Noting his comedic inspirations as the late Richard Pryor and Paul Mooney, Witherspoon told WZAK radio that he actually filmed the 1992 Boomerang scenes after filming was completed.
He also appeared in Murphy’s Dr Doolittle 2.
But Witherspoon is probably best known for his role in 1995’s Friday, where he played the goofy Mr. Willie Jones opposite Ice Cube and Chris Tucker.
He would later star in the sequel Next Friday in 2000 and the sequel Next Friday after in 2002. He was the only actor to star in all three films, with the exception of Ice Cube.