Shannon Dawson Wed, September 22, 2021, 11:00 AM
The family of Friday star Anthony “A.J.” Johnson is struggling to cover funeral costs following his untimely death, according to TMZ.
Johnson’s wife Lexis Jones Mason told the outlet that the family started a GoFundMe account to help come up with the funds for her deceased husband’s burial, but the donations have fallen extremely short of their goal to receive $20k. At the time of TMZ’s report, the donations were near $800. As of Sept. 22, the family has been able to crowdsource a total of $4,595 from the actor’s fan base.
MADAMENOIRE followed up on the fundraised amount and at press time it has climbed to $7,690. The amount is still far from their proposed target and now, Mason is calling out some family and followers of the star for showing “fake love,” as they struggle to give him the funeral service he rightfully deserves.
“Y’all say y’all love him but where is the love? Y’all not helping,” she said in a video posted by TMZ.
Mason claimed she had received calls and text messages from close family members and fans claiming that they would donate, but now she says they were all false promises
“We’re gonna have a service. I’m gonna do everything I know he would have done for me. It’s just hurtful. I would not be asking if we had it, or we had a policy, Mason continued as she struggled to hold back tears.
“There’s people that’s saying that they’re gonna give money…we haven’t received it. Just to bury him and the funeral services alone will be close to 15 (thousand dollars)”“Just please stop the fake love please stop the fake calls please stop the fake texts,” she contined. “Just for our family…Me the kids and the grandkids, just stop it.”
Johnson’s wife shared that she wants people to honor her husband and his legacy by contributing to the GoFundMe to help with covering their exorbitant costs. Mason warned that if her family isn’t able to hit their donation target that they would have to resort to cremating him.
“I’m gonna stay busy and I’m going to work… I’m not gonna worry about this, I apologize. If I had the strength I would go right now. It took everything in me to come on here and do this… we gone be okay,” she concluded her heartbreaking video. MADAMENOIRE previously reported, Johnson’s nephew found him unresponsive inside a Los Angeles store earlier in September. Johnson was then rushed to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead. The actor and comedian died at the age of 55. The cause of death is still unknown. In addition to his beloved role as “Ezal” in the hilarious funny Friday franchise, Johnson made appearances in TV shows and films such as Martin, The Jamie Foxx Show and House Party.