Comic Kate Quigley discusses surviving ‘horrific’ unintentional fentanyl poisoning


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Comic Kate Quigley recalled surviving the “horrific” unintentional fentanyl poisoning that killed three of her pals in September 2021 throughout an look on “Red Table Talk” printed Wednesday.

Quigley, 40, mentioned the traumatic night when Fuquan “Fu” Johnson, Enrico Colangeli and Natalie Williamson died from unintentional overdoses after they allegedly used cocaine that had been laced with the lethal substance.

“I mean, after a comedy show, honestly, occasionally, that’s a kind of normal night, right? It’s not like it was a crazy night of partying,” she mentioned. “I always liked to do it for fun, but I was always a baby about it, honestly. Like, I’m the one that does, like, the quarter of what everyone does, which is why I lived… And then I went to the bathroom, and what’s wild is, on the way out of the bathroom, I couldn’t even button my pants. I was already that disoriented.” 

The United States Drug Enforcement Agency listed fentanyl as a Schedule II managed substance “that is similar to morphine but about 100 times more potent,” and famous two milligrams (lower than a grain of salt) of the artificial opioid may be deadly relying on an individual’s physique measurement.  

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Kate recalled instantly feeling “nauseous” as she left the toilet. 

Kate Quigley discussed the

Kate Quigley mentioned the “horrific” expertise of surviving an unintentional overdose. Pictured in 2018
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“Something’s not right about this. I don’t feel well,” she mentioned.


“I sat down, and that’s the last thing I remember, and I passed out in this chair, and Rico was sitting across from me in the room — sorry, it’s hard for me to talk about.”

Jada Pinkett Smith, who co-hosts the episodic sequence on Fb Watch along with her daughter, Willow, and mom, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, inspired Quigley to take her time recalling the occasions of the evening.

“I passed out on the chair, like, sideways, and when I passed out, my leg stayed in this chair,” she mentioned. “My head hit the floor. That was, like, 6 a.m. It was the morning morning, and I woke up, and it was dark, and it was like 11 at night or something.” 

She added: “And first thing I thought, I swear to God, is: ‘Oh, my God, why is it dark? My doors are open.’ All I saw was Rico.”

Kate Quigley and Fuquan Johnson were seen together in Los Angeles in 2018

Kate Quigley and Fuquan Johnson had been seen collectively in Los Angeles in 2018

Banfield-Norris mentioned: “Wow, so all those hours had passed?”

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“Yeah, I was just so confused. I couldn’t feel my legs,” she mentioned. “But I thought, like, they were asleep. I went to stand, and that’s when I really realized. And I started to get scared. I started to say, ‘Hey Rico, Rico.’ I just thought he fell asleep. He even still had the guitar. He was holding a guitar in his hands. 

“It by no means crossed my thoughts he was useless ‘trigger he did not look useless. I could not see Fu and Natalie as a result of my head was on the ground, they usually had been up on a sofa across the nook, and so I referred to as my uncle. I nonetheless thought Rico was okay, till I threw a shoe on the door subsequent to him, and he did not get up. I began to panic. After which two minutes later, my uncle walked in, and instantly he walked over, and he touched him, and he was chilly, and he referred to as 911.”

The Center for Disease Control reported overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids (primarily illicitly manufactured fentanyl) rose 55.6% from January 2020 to 2021 and appear to be the primary driver of the increase in total drug overdose deaths.

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Quigley attempted to clear up the “false impression” that the comedians were buying fentanyl but were truly sold drugs with multiple additives. 

“The factor about this that I actually assume is vital, I feel there’s this false impression,” she said. “They assume individuals are making an attempt to purchase fentanyl, and it isn’t that. It is a poisoned drug.”

“So that you need individuals to know that you do not know while you purchase cocaine that it may well have fentanyl in it,” Pinkett Smith said, to which Quigley agreed.

“So it isn’t such as you had been like, ‘Hey, let’s exit and get some fentanyl,'” Pinkett Smith added. “Have you learnt what I imply? It is like, ‘Hey, we’ve done lines of cocaine before,’ and it isn’t such as you overdid it. And also you did not know that it was even fentanyl.” 

“And you do not know it is in there — yeah,” Quigley mentioned.


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