AJ Cooper III, former host of BET‘s “Teen Summit” and burgeoning politician who most recently made a bid for D.C. Council, passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 34 in his hometown of Washington, D.C.
According to his aunt Peggy Cooper Cafrtiz, he had been feeling dizzy and experiencing chest pain for days, only to shockingly have a fatal collapse at his mother’s home.
Cooper was a co-host of “Teen Summit” while still in high school and all throughout college. After wards, he remained involved with politics and broadcast journalism. Political endeavors ran heavily in his family, as his father Algernon Johnson Cooper was the first Black mayor of Pritchard, Alabama (which was largely a Caucasian town). Cooper’s other credentials includework as the policy director for D.C.’s Prevent Teen Pregnancy, and the altruistic Freedom Farms that assisted low-income D.C. residents with produce and jobs. In 2012, he officially began pursuing the D.C. council in 2012. Most recently, he also organized a protest for Michael Brown outside of Missouri’s Justice Department.