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Inside Fuquan Johnson’s ‘drug-fueled’ party life as a funny man where he admitted to ‘using comedy to numb himself’


TO his fans, friends and family, comedian Fuquan Johnson was the “life of the party and would light up a room.”

But a series of tweets in the weeks before his death from a suspected fentanyl-laced cocaine overdose suggest the funnyman, 42, may have been using comedy to “numb” his pain.


Fuquan Johnson, 42, was found dead on Saturday morning[/caption]

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His tweets in the weeks before his death suggest the funnyman may have been using comedy to ‘numb’ his pain[/caption]

One such post, from August 25, read: “at times i SAY i’m IGHT but i’m just NUMBING myself with COMEDY…..”

Johnson then retweeted a pal, who wrote: “Well I’m here if you ever need a friend.”

And in a haunting tweet on the Thursday before the apparent overdose from fentanyl-laced cocaine, Johnson said: “I’m so HIGH I just TRIED to SHAMPOO my body.”

Other posts hint at his drug use, with one noting: “only people who uses the BATHROOM a lot are COKE HEADS & B***** with bad BLATTERS.”

Another read: “welcome to CALIFORNIA where WEED tax is more expensive than dat WEED.”

In July he posted: “cant sleep, new music & new weed. should fix things.”

In August he wrote: “I USED always up sell when I sold DRUGS.”

Johnson, 42, was found dead alongside friends Enrico Colangeli, 48, and Natalie Williamson, 33, in a Venice Beach, Los Angeles, apartment on Saturday morning.

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A fourth person, actress and comedian Kate Quigley, 39, was found unresponsive but is expected to survive.

Her friend Brian Redban has since posted an update on her condition to Twitter, sharing a text message he’d sent to her asking her to “Text me if you’re ok.”

“I’m alive,” she’s seen to respond. “I’m not great. But im. Ok.”

Quigley, a recent ex of the Hootie & The Blowfish lead singer Darius Rucker, has not yet spoken publicly since being hospitalized.


Investigators believe the four friends all consumed a batch of cocaine that had been laced with fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid that is more than 50 times more potent than heroin.

Autopsies will be carried out on Johnson, Colangeli and Williamson this week to confirm their official causes of death.

Fellow comedian Jack Assadourian Jr. told The Sun that he will be hosting a memorial for Johnson and Colangeli in LA on Thursday to commemorate the two men, both of whom “had a heart of gold”, he said.

Assadourian said the LA comedy circuit has been left stunned by the deaths of the two men, who were well known, respected, and liked among the local stand-up community.

“They both were the life of the party and would light up a room. You always wanted to be around them,” he said.


Johnson was a mainstay on the LA comedy circuit and was also a writer for Comedy Parlor Live.

He’d been working in stand-up for more than a decade prior to his death. He also appeared on the TRUTV’s Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks as well as All Def Digital’s website in several web series, some of which he wrote.

Johnson and Quigley are known to be friends and they’ve regularly been photographed together over the last few years.

Fentanyl is believed to be 50 times more powerful than heroin and manufacturers press the drug into pills to make them look legitimate, tricking unsuspecting victims.


Dealers have turned to fentanyl to keep their supply of drugs flowing throughout the pandemic.

Last week, at least eight people in Long Island’s North Fork had overdosed, leaving six dead.

None of the victims were over 40 and cops said their deaths were caused by cocaine laced with fentanyl.


Johnson was a mainstay on the LA comedy circuit and was also a writer for Comedy Parlor Live[/caption]


Johnson, right, and Colangeli, left, were found dead on Saturday. They’re pictured above with friend Jack Assadourian Jr[/caption]

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