Fuquan Johnson, a writer for “Comedy Parlour Live,” died after overdosing at a Venice home on Friday night, a report said. Two more were pronounced dead at the scene, according to TMZ.
According to the report, comedian Kate Quigley, who lives next door and recently dated the Hootie & the Blowfish singer, was hospitalized in critical condition.
The medical examiner will determine what killed Fuquan Johnson, 42, and the other unnamed victims, but sources tell the outlet that all four were consuming coke laced with the super powerful opioid fentanyl.
Prince, Mac Miller, and Tom Petty all died as a result of fentanyl, a synthetic painkiller that is up to 100 times more potent than heroin.
According to data, fentanyl was involved in more than two-thirds of all drug overdoses in New York City in 2019. This spring and summer, social media users have been warning about tainted coke making its way around the city’s party scene.
AUTOPSIES TO BE CARRIED OUT
Investigators will be conducting autopsies on Johnson and the other two dead partygoers in the coming days to determine a specific cause of death.
Preliminary evidence suggests they consumed cocaine that had been laced with fentanyl, which is a powerful synthetic opioid that is several times more potent than heroin.
WHO IS FUQUAN JOHNSON?
Fuquan Johnson, 42, was a staple on the LA comedy circuit and had been performing for more than 10 years before his death.
He also appeared on the TRUTV’s Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks as well as All Def Digital’s website in several web series, some of which he wrote.
The day before he died, Fuquan shared images to Instagram of him performing at an event last weekend.
Tributes have been flooding in for Fuquan Johnson since news of his death broke.
Actor Page Kennedy wrote on Instagram: “This is ineffable news. I have no words. I love you my brother. Thank you for everything you’ve done for me and created with me.”
Actor Page Kennedy posted a lengthy statement on Instagram, along with a picture of Fuquan Johnson.
“Life is so short. It leaves quick as a fall. Without notice. Without time to say good bye or i love you. I implore you to tell the people you love that you love them. @mybadfuu i told you this already so i know you know. I love you brother and will miss you.
“Thank you for the laughs. Thank you for always being there when i call you and need you. Rest well my bro and leave those angels alone up there bro, or at least save some for me.”
WHO IS KATE QUIGLEY?
Kate Quigley is an actress, model and comedian who until recently was dating Hootie & The Blowfish lead singer Darius Rucker.
The pair dated for the majority of last year but broke up a few months ago, his reps told TMZ.
Fuquan Johnson and Kate Quigley are known friends. They’ve regularly been photographed together over the last few years.
WHAT IS FENTANYL?
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid analgesic that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent.
Fentanyl is a Schedule II controlled substance that is similar to morphine but about 100 times more potent. Under the supervision of a licensed medical professional, fentanyl has legitimate medical use.
Illicit fentanyl, however, is being distributed across the country and sold on the illegal drug market.
Fentanyl is being mixed in with other illicit drugs to increase the potency of the drug, sold as powders and nasal sprays, and increasingly pressed into pills made to look like legitimate prescription opioids.
Because there is no official oversight or quality control, these counterfeit pills often contain lethal doses of fentanyl, with none of the promised drug.