Comedian Kate Quigley has broken her silence after surviving a suspected accidental overdose earlier this month at a house party in Venice, California.
Quigley, 39, was one of four people who reportedly overdosed after taking fentanyl-laced cocaine. Fellow comics Fuquan Johnson, 43, and Enrico Colangeli, 48, died; along with Natalie Williamson, 33.
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Quigley posted a statement to Twitter and Instagram on Saturday, Sept. 11, after she was released from the hospital. The comedian thanked her friends and fans for their support, along with the first responders who saved her life.
“Thank you to everyone who reached out to me over the past week. I feel overwhelmed by the outpouring of kind messages and am incredibly grateful to be surrounded by a strong community of friends, family, colleagues, and fans who have offered their support during this time; and to the team of paramedics, nurses, and doctors who saved my life,” she wrote. “I am still shocked & devastated by the loss of my friends Fu, Rico, and Natalie. Words cannot describe the pain I am feeling & I will be changed forever by their passings.”
She went on to pay tribute to her three deceased friends.
“Fu was a generous, loving soul. He was hilarious, supportive, and incredibly authentic with the most infectious spirit,” she shared. “Rico was always filled with enthusiasm & Natalie was so kind and endearing. They each made an indelible mark on my life and the lives of their loved ones. I will miss them.”
Quigley concluded by saying she has a new outlook on life.
“There are so many more things I want to say, but I’m not ready,” she wrote. “When I am, I will. Until then, all I can say is: Tell your people that you love them every day. Stay safe. And please don’t take life for granted. I did, and I never will again.”
Hi guys. Upon being released from the hospital, I've finally had the time & clarity to put my feelings on paper. Mean this from the bottom of my heart. ? pic.twitter.com/n6cPPPWNyU
— K?TE ??IG?EY (@KateQFunny) September 11, 2021
The Los Angeles County coroner’s office confirmed to Urban Hollywood 411 that Johnson, Colangeli, and Williamson, were pronounced dead at the scene of the party in the 200 block of Carrol Canal. Their times of death were listed between 12:21 a.m. and 12:25 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4.
Autopsies were performed on the three on Sept. 5, but their causes of death were deferred pending further testing.