The family of one of three people who died after apparently taking fentanyl-laced cocaine at a house in Los Angeles has spoken out, calling his death a 'devastating loss' that is 'leaving a hole' in their hearts.
Enrico Colangeli, 48, was found dead early Saturday morning in the Venice Beach neighborhood of LA along with two other people: fellow comic Fuquan Johnson, 42, and friend Natalie Williamson, 33.
Comedian Kate Quigley, 39, was also found inside the home and taken to a hospital in critical condition early Saturday.
'Enrico (Ricky) was incredibly loved by his entire family, and we'll miss him more than words can describe,' Colangeli's cousin Maria Spencer told The Sun.
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Enrico Colangeli, 48, was found dead at a home in Venice Beach, California early Saturday morning. Authorities believe he ingested cocaine laced with the powerful opioid fentanyl
Colangeli (left) was found dead along with Fuquan Johnson (right) and Natalie Williamson (not pictured). Colangeli and Johnson performed at the HaHa Comedy Club in North Hollywood
Colangeli's cousin called his death a 'true heartbreak' and a 'devastating loss for his siblings, nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins who have fond memories' of him
The son of the owner of the HaHa Comedy Club said he will host a memorial for Johnson and Colangeli on Thursday
She said the comic was 'not only a smart, talented comedian but was also a highly skilled carpenter who worked for his family's construction company.
'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.
'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.'Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
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Johnson was remembered by his friends as a warm, friendly person who would often smile
His credits include an appearance on TRUTV’s Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks as well as All Def Digital’s website in several web series
Colangeli worked the LA comedy circuit for a number of years but had recently moved back back to his native Massachusetts after the death of his parents.
Jack Assadourian Jr., whose parents own the HaHa Comedy Club in North Hollywood, told The Sun that he will be hosting a memorial for Johnson and Colangeli on Thursday to commemorate the two men, both of whom 'had a heart of gold.'
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.'
Assadourian, 36, says he had known the pair for more than a decade and at one time lived with them both.
'They both were the life of the party and would light up a room. You always wanted to be around them,' he said, adding the three would talk or see one another around six times each week.
'We did shows together, toured together, spent holidays together, birthdays and major events - or even it was just on Monday,' Assadourian added.
'We were a family.'
Autopsies are being performed on the three victims, who are currently at the Los Angeles Coroner's Office.
Quigley, who was transported to the hospital in critical condition but is expected to recover, texted friend Brian Redban Sunday to say: 'I'm alive. Not great. But im OK,' with Redban sharing a screenshot of the message on his Instagram Sunday.
Comedian Kate Quigley, 39, was found in critical condition but is expected to recover
Quigley and Fuquan Johnson in May 2018 in Los Angeles. The pair was known to be friends
Quigley was most recently seen on MTV's ADDTV
Colangeli (left) and Kate Quigley (second from left) appear in a photo in Colangeli's Instagram
Investigators believe all four people ingested cocaine laced with fentanyl, a synthetic opioid similar to morphine that is 50 times more potent than heroin, according to TMZ, which first broke the story.
It is unclear who supplied the drugs, and whether other people at the party also consumed the laced cocaine.
Police were called to the house in the