Kate Quigley’s mom says comedian is only lucid for moments at a time


Comedian Kate Quigley’s mother has issued an update on her condition after she was hospitalized in a reported accidental overdose of fentanyl-laced cocaine that killed three people at an LA house party. 

‘Kate is stable. She still isn’t lucid for more than a moment at a time,’ Quigley’s mother Fran Wyles wrote in a Facebook post following the comedian’s hospitalization on Saturday.

‘We are optimistic that she will recover,’ the mother added, but warned that ‘it won’t be quick.’ 

Wyles said that her 39-year-old daughter was unable to make online posts, and Quigley’s popular Twitter account has remained silent since she was admitted to a Los Angeles hospital.

Killed in the suspected mass overdose were comedian Fuquan Johnson, 42, comedian Enrico Colangeli (Rico Angeli), 48, and Natalie Williamson, 33, who was a personal friend of Quigley’s.    

Comedian Kate Quigley’s mother (with her above) has issued an update on her condition after she was hospitalized in a reported accidental overdose of fentanyl-laced cocaine

Quigley is stable but only lucid for moments and faces a long recovery, her mother said

Quigley is stable but only lucid for moments and faces a long recovery, her mother said

Quigley’s plush home is located in the Venice neighborhood of LA, and is worth a whopping $1.8million, according to The Sun

Quigley’s friend Brian Redban first confirmed that she survived, sharing a screenshot of a text from her on Sunday that read: ‘I’m alive. Not great. But im OK.’ 

It was a reply to Redban’s worried message, which saw him ask her ‘Text me you’re okay,’ following Friday night’s deadly drugs incident. He captioned his Instagram screenshot of Quigley’s text: ‘I have had a bad month…and this has ruined me.. hug everyone you love.’ 

Redban is a comedian best known for producing the Joe Rogan Experience. 

Meanwhile, friends and family are mourning the three lives cut short by the fatal drugs.  

Colangeli’s cousin, Maria Spencer, spoke with The Sun to share the ‘true heartbreak’ of his death.

‘Enrico (Ricky) was incredibly loved by his entire family, and we’ll miss him more than words can describe,’ she said. Spencer remembered her cousin as ‘not only a smart, talented comedian’ but ‘a highly skilled carpenter who worked for his family’s construction company.’

Comedian Brian Redban (right) posted an update on comedian-model Kate Quigley's (left) health

Redban (right) asked his followers to send love to his friend Quigley (left) after her suspected overdose

Comedian Brian Redban (right) posted an update on comedian-model Kate Quigley’s (left) health

Redban posted a screenshot of text messages allegedly between him and Quigley where she tells him 'I'm alive. Not great. But im OK'

Redban posted a screenshot of text messages allegedly between him and Quigley where she tells him ‘I’m alive. Not great. But im OK’ 

Kate Quigley and fellow comedian Fuquan Johnson, who was killed by the fentanyl laced cocaine, are seen on May 15, 2018 in Los Angeles

Kate Quigley and fellow comedian Fuquan Johnson, who was killed by the fentanyl laced cocaine, are seen on May 15, 2018 in Los Angeles

Kate Quigley survived after taking fentanyl-laced cocaine that killed three other people at a Los Angeles party

Kate Quigley survived after taking fentanyl-laced cocaine that killed three other people at a Los Angeles party  

Old flames: Quigley, 39, had been romantically linked to Hootie & The Blowfish lead singer Darius Rucker, but his representative told TMZ they no longer dated

Old flames: Quigley, 39, had been romantically linked to Hootie & The Blowfish lead singer Darius Rucker, but his representative told TMZ they no longer dated

Quigley, seen outside her smart canal-side home, remains in hospital as of Tuesday, but she is expected to make a recovery

Quigley, seen outside her smart canal-side home, remains in hospital as of Tuesday, but she is expected to make a recovery 

‘Losing Ricky is a true heartbreak and is a devastating loss for his siblings, nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins who have many fond memories of family Sunday dinners, amazing Christmas Eve meals, and other family celebrations that can only be remembered as epic,’ she added speaking on behalf of Colangeli’s family.

‘We loved Ricky dearly and his death is leaving a hole in our hearts that is somewhat comforted by knowing he is now at peace in the arms of his loving parents, Lynda and Rico, who we lost in 2019.’

Colangeli and Johnson were honored in an Instagram tribute posted by the Ha Ha Club on Sunday honoring the ‘two HaHa Family Members’ captioned ‘Make Everyone Laugh In Heaven.’  

Colangeli, Johnson, and Williamson were found dead at a party in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles early Saturday morning. Quigley was allegedly found unresponsive. 

Emergency services were called to an address adjacent to a building Quigley is known to have lived in, TMZ reported, although the owner of the property where the tragedy took place has not been identified.  

Quigley, who once dated Hootie & The Blowfish lead singer Darius Rucker, has appeared in several television shows including The Office, Star Trek: Hidden Frontier, and Guber.   

A representative of Rucker’s confirmed to the publication that he was no longer dating Quigley.

They were reportedly going out for much of 2020, but are no longer in an intimate relationship.

Johnson was a frequent performer on the Los Angeles comedy circuit, performing at various clubs around town for the last 10 years.

Police were called to the party just after midnight and pronounced Johnson and the two others, who may have also been comedians, dead at the scene. 

Investigators believe all four people ingested cocaine laced with fentanyl, a synthetic opioid similar to morphine that is 50 times more potent than heroin.

Autopsies are being performed on the three victims, which are currently at the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office.

Johnson and Quigley are known to have been friends, and have been photographed together over the last few years.

Johnson on Thursday afternoon tweeted that he was 'so high I just tried to shampoo my body...'

Johnson on Thursday afternoon tweeted that he was ‘so high I just tried to shampoo my body…’

RIP: Comedian Fuquan Johnson, 42, died from an apparent overdose at a party in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles; he's pictured in May 2018

RIP: Comedian Fuquan Johnson, 42, died from an apparent overdose at a party in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles; he’s pictured in May 2018

Johnson is seen last Sunday during an appearance at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles. It is believed to be the last time he was photographed alive

Johnson is seen last Sunday during an appearance at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles. It is believed to be the last time he was photographed alive

At this point, it’s unclear who supplied the drugs, and whether other people at the party also consumed the laced cocaine.

While LAPD is investigating, law enforcement sources told TMZ that the department’s homicide unit have not been notified about this particular case.  

News of Johnson’s death shocked his fans on Twitter.

‘Fuquan Johnson 4L (for life),’ tweeted Brian Moses. He added emojis showing a crown, a heart, and a sad emoji face.

Nick Alexander, a comedian, tweeted: ‘What can I say about @Mybadfuu.

‘You loved and lived lie on ya own terms. Never gave a damn what people thought about you cuz you were solid within yaself and a real Jerzey n***a.

‘We gonna miss you Fu.

‘Rest in Power Fuquan Johnson.

‘Hit em with Fu Facts in the afterlife!!’

Luke Barnett, a writer and producer, tweeted: ‘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.’

Barnett also tweeted a photo showing a shot glass of liquor that was served with a napkin at Nobar in North Hollywood. Johnson’s name was written on the napkin in tribute.

Johnny Taylor Jr, a stand-up comedian, tweeted: ‘Hey everybody, please stop doing cocaine. Please.

Her hosting credits include Playboy TV's Undercover and the 2016 AVN Awards, the show sponsored by the Adult Video News organization which covers the pornographic industry

Her hosting credits include Playboy TV’s Undercover and the 2016 AVN Awards, the show sponsored by the Adult Video News organization which covers the pornographic industry

Quigley hosts the podcast #DateFails, and is a regular performer at LA comedy clubs including the Improv, Laugh Factory, Icehouse, Comedy Store, and Haha Comedy Club

Quigley hosts the podcast #DateFails, and is a regular performer at LA comedy clubs including the Improv, Laugh Factory, Icehouse, Comedy Store, and Haha Comedy Club

‘All it takes is the wrong batch or the wrong night or any combination of either.

‘RIP Fuquan Johnson and really pulling for Kate Quigley to pull through.’

Another Twitter user who goes by the handle ‘Miranda’ tweeted: ‘What the f*** is happening…rest in peace fuquan johnson.’

Another Twitter user wrote: ‘Bruh Fuquan Johnson gone too???? Man this is too much.’

Mario Salazar, a stand-up comedian, tweeted: ‘Fentanyl is an evil monster.

‘RIP Fuquan Johnson and god strength to Kate Quigley!! What an absolutely heartbreaking story.

‘It’s so grim when the world loses funny people!! Comedians let’s please be careful out there.’

Twitter users also paid tribute to Quigley.

Adrienne Airhart tweeted: ‘I just heard about Kate Quigley being in hospital. Not religious, but I am for sure praying for her right now.

‘Pull through, babe.’

Another Twitter user wrote: ‘Please let Kate Quigley be ok! She is a funny and talented comedian! Let her be ok!!’

‘You got this Kate, stay strong, we love you,’ tweeted That Doge Girl.

Another Twitter user wrote: ‘Bruh Fuquan Johnson gone too???? Man this is too much.’ 

Johnson was remembered by his friends as a warm, friendly person who would often smile

Johnson was remembered by his friends as a warm, friendly person who would often smile

Johnson was a frequent performer on the Los Angeles comedy circuit, performing at various clubs around town for the last 10 years

Johnson was a frequent performer on the Los Angeles comedy circuit, performing at various clubs around town for the last 10 years 

White House pushes to make fentanyl a Schedule 1 drug

The Biden administration says fentanyl-related substances should be permanently classified as a Schedule 1 drug, but without mandatory minimum sentences

The Biden administration says fentanyl-related substances should be permanently classified as a Schedule 1 drug, but without mandatory minimum sentences

The Biden administration announced Thursday that it had recommended to Congress that fentanyl-related substances be permanently classified as a Schedule 1 drug, as drug overdoses in the nation soar.

But the new policy would exclude the drugs from most instances of quantity-based mandatory minimum penalties, which civil rights groups had warned could exacerbate racial disparities in the criminal justice system.

‘By acting on these recommendations, Congress can take decisive action against the fastest growing driver of overdoses in the country, while protecting civil rights and encouraging scientific research,’ Regina LaBelle, the acting director of National Drug Control Policy, said Thursday in a statement.

In July, the White House released data that showed a record 93,000 overdose deaths in 2020, with the fastest driver of this trend being synthetic fentanyl.

In February 2018, during the Trump administration, the Department of Justice issued a rule temporarily making fentanyl analogues Schedule 1 drugs.

Biden extended it through late October earlier this year.

Neither Republicans nor critics of the War on Drugs were happy with the compromise announced Thursday.

Sen. Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican, argued that by scrapping mandatory minimum sentences the administration was being too soft on criminals.

‘Fentanyl analogues kill thousands of Americans each year. To protect our communities from the dealers pushing this poison, President Biden needs to keep them off the streets, not let them off the hook,’ Cotton told Fox News, which first reported the fentanyl development.

The policy would allow mandatory minimums to be used in sentencing ‘for cases where death or serious bodily injury can be directly linked to the FRS that was trafficked,’ the policy announcement said.

Later Thursday afternoon, former Trump aide Stephen Miller tweeted, ‘Open border + leniency for fentanyl trafficking.’

‘Is Biden at this point just trying to do as much damage as he can?’ Miller mused.

Republicans have linked the border surge under Biden with the uptick in overdoses.

In April alone there was a 233 per cent increase in fentanyl seizures on the U.S.-Mexico border, Fox News reported.

 

Mario Salazar, a stand-up comedian, tweeted: ‘Fentanyl is an evil monster.

‘RIP Fuquan Johnson and god strength to Kate Quigley!! What an absolutely heartbreaking story.

‘It’s so grim when the world loses funny people!! Comedians let’s please be careful out there.’

Twitter users also paid tribute to Quigley.

Adrienne Airhart tweeted: ‘I just heard about Kate Quigley being in hospital. Not religious, but I am for sure praying for her right now.

‘Pull through, babe.’

Another Twitter user wrote: ‘Please let Kate Quigley be ok! She is a funny and talented comedian! Let her be ok!!’

‘You got this Kate, stay strong, we love you,’ tweeted That Doge Girl. 

It follows a recent spate of overdoses linked to fentanyl, a potent opioid that can kill in minute quantities. 

Police and prosecutors believe the recent overdoses highlight a threatening shift in the street-drug marketplace, created by the same pandemic-linked issues affecting global supply chains and hiking up prices.

‘The same market forces that are causing shortages in everyday products are also putting pressures on the drug markets,’ said Timothy D. Sini, the Suffolk County district attorney. ‘All the while we have seen demand skyrocketing from users because of the impact the pandemic has had on them.’

In the beginning of Summer, cocaine laced with fentanyl was reportedly wrecking havoc on New York City’s club scene, as young revelers returned to nightlife venues forced shut during the pandemic.

In spring, reports online indicated that at least two people suffered fatal overdoses from the tainted drug supply found in the Bushwick and Williamsburg sections of Brooklyn, as well as in the Ridgewood neighborhood of Queens.

The most recent statistics released by the NYPD in April indicate that eight percent of the city’s cocaine supply is laced with fentanyl, according to WNYC/Gothamist .

That amounts to almost one out of every 10 bags of cocaine sold on the street.   

Five years ago, just two percent of the cocaine seized by the NYPD had traces of the dangerous opioid. 

Like morphine, fentanyl is an opioid often used to treat severe pain after surgery, and is one of the most common drugs involved in overdose deaths throughout the United States.

It is typically mixed with heroin and/or cocaine – with or without the user’s consent—to increase its euphoric effects.

Cocaine overdoses tied to fentanyl aren’t solely constricted to the East Coast.

According to San Francisco’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner , the Bay Area suffered nearly three times as many deaths from fentanyl overdoses than COVID-19 in 2020.

Statistics show 708 people were killed by fentanyl in 2020, a 173 per cent increase since 2018. That figure also dwarfs the 254 COVID-19-related deaths recorded in the city for the whole of 2020.

San Francisco’s death rate from fentanyl is rising in 2021: 135 died by overdose in January and February in San Francisco, on pace for more than 800 deaths by the end of the year.

In August, the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department in Nebraska also issued their own warning, after 26 overdoses linked to fentanyl-laced cocaine occurred within three weeks.

‘LPD investigations have uncovered that narcotics such as cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, and counterfeit oxycodone pills have been found to contain the prescription pain killer fentanyl. When mixed with an illegal drug, an amount of fentanyl as small as a grain of salt can cause an overdose,’ the warning stated. 



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