Comedian Fuquan Johnson was found dead after a suspected drug overdose at a house party in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles, according to published reports.
Firefighters and paramedics responded to a home in the 200 block of Carroll Canal at 12:04 a.m. Saturday, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. Three people were pronounced dead at the scene.
Johnson, 43, was among the deceased, TMZ reported. The other two people who died were later identified as Natalie Williamson, 33, of Los Angeles; and Enrico Colangeli, 48, of Medford, Mass.
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The HaHa comedy club in Los Angeles posted a tribute to Johnson and Colangeli, writing: “We lost two HaHa Family Members. Rest In Peace @ricovonrico and @mybadfuu EnRico Coangeli and Fuquan Johnson. Make Everyone Laugh In Heaven.”
Kate Quigley, a comedian who recently dated Hootie & the Blowfish lead singer Darius Rucker, also attended the party and was hospitalized in critical condition.
All four victims reportedly suffered overdoses after taking fentanyl-laced cocaine. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid about 80-100 times stronger than morphine, according to the DEA.
Johnson frequently performed at comedy clubs in Southern California and was a writer for the TV series Comedy Parlour Live.
The comic recently uploaded pictures on Instagram of himself on stage last weekend at the Laugh Factory in L.A.
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Following news of his death, the post was flooded with tributes.
“A one of a kind character!!! RIP my friend!” wrote comedian, writer and actress Cynthia Luciette.
“I will love and miss you forever fu,” added comedian Rachel Wolfson.
“RIP. Much Love & respect. Legendary talent & incredible human,” wrote comedian, actor and Youtuber Kraig Smith.