TMZ reports that comedian Fuquan Johnson died Saturday after overdosing at a party in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Per the outlet, the popular comedian and two other people, who have not been officially identified, were pronounced dead at the scene. Also, fellow comedian Kate Quigley who lives next door to where the party took place was hospitalised in critical condition.
Police were called to the scene shortly after midnight and found four people who appeared to be deceased or close to it. Investigators believe Johnson, 42, and the other victims ingested cocaine laced with fentanyl. However, autopsies are still being performed on the three bodies, which are currently at the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office.
Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin, has been a factor in the deaths of other Hollywood figures like Mac Miller, Lil Peep, and Prince.
A bit about the comedian Johnson:
Johnson, a writer for Comedy Parlour Live, was a frequent performer on the Los Angeles comedy circuit, performing at various clubs around town for the last 10 years. Quigley, an ex-girlfriend of Darius Rucker, has appeared in several television shows including The Office, Star Trek: Hidden Frontier, and Guber.
Very sad to hear about the passing of my buddy Fuquan Johnson. Smiliest, happiest dude, and a local icon in the North Hollywood community, RIP. pic.twitter.com/azp3JTd9xK
— Luke Barnett (@LukeBarnett) September 4, 2021