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Brian Johnson is a deceased character in the Grand Theft Auto series who is mentioned in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.


Early life

Brian is the youngest known child of Beverly Johnson and the sibling of Carl, Sean and Kendl. It is implied that he bore a strong resemblance to Carl, as Emmet initially mistook Carl for Brian when they first met. According to Carl's flashbacks, it appears the two were close, and enjoyed creating mischief together.

Brian was associated with the Grove Street Families due to being the younger brother of the gang's leader, Sweet, but his role within the gang was unknown. Brian lived in the Johnson House in Ganton, Los Santos, until his death.


Brian died in 1987. The cause of his death was never revealed, though it is implied that Carl was present and did not attempt to help him.

Sweet blamed Carl for Brian's death, which resulted in Carl moving to Liberty City. Carl did not attend Brian's funeral, which Sweet confirms by saying: "That's another funeral you ran away from, fool. Just like Brian's."

Events of GTA San Andreas

Brian's death plays a major role in Carl and Sweet's relationship.

In 1992, Carl returns to Los Santos after his mother, Beverly, was killed by the Ballas. He arrived at the funeral after it had ended, making Sweet angry at Carl for missing another one.

When Carl and Sweet are waiting outside Big Smoke's Crack Palace just before they attack it, Sweet attempts to follow Carl, but Carl tell hims that he has to go in alone and that he is doing this for Brian, as he "let him die".

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