Comedian Fuquan Johnson and two other people died on Friday after overdosing on fentanyl-laced cocaine during a house party, TMZ reported. According to Fox 11 Los Angeles, the two other individuals who died have been identified as Natalie Williamson, 33, of Los Angeles, and Enrico Colangeli, 48, of Medford, Massachusetts.
Kate Quigley, who is rumored to be dating singer Darius Rucker, was also sent to the hospital after overdosing at the party.
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After police arrived at the house shortly after midnight, three people were pronounced dead on the scene at the home in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles. Quigley was transported to the hospital in critical condition.
The Los Angeles Coroner’s Office will now conduct autopsies on the three bodies to confirm the causes of the deaths. The Los Angeles Police Department is also investigating the incident. It’s not clear at this point if charges will be issued for any individuals who may have distributed the drugs.
Johnson, who was a writer for Comedy Parlour Live, was 43 years old. He often performed on the Los Angeles comedy circuit, according to Yahoo.
Quigley, who is known as a model and comedian, previously appeared in The Office. She also played a role in the film Star Trek: Hidden Frontier, as well as the TV mini-series Guber. In addition, Quigley has hosted Playboy TV’s Undercover. Johnson and Quigley have been known to have a close friendship.
Fentanyl is a synthetic painkiller that is 100 times more potent than heroin. The prescription drug, which is also made and used illegally, has been a factor in the deaths of Prince, Mac Miller and Tom Petty, The New York Post reported.
Synthetic opioids such as fentanyl are the most common drugs involved in drug overdose deaths in the country, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. In 2017, 59 percent of opioid-related deaths involved fentanyl, compared to 14.3 percent in 2010.