COMEDIAN Fuquan Johnson has been hailed an "icon" as stars including Kevin Hart paid tribute to the stand-up following his death.
The Los Angeles-based comic, 42, had been at a party in the Venice neighborhood on Friday night where he was pronounced dead shortly after midnight, after an apparent drug overdose, TMZ reported.
LA-based Fuquan "overdosed from cocaine laced with fentanyl" it has been claimed, according to investigators.
Two other people, who have not yet been named, were also found dead.
A fourth, identified by TMZ as comedian and model Kate Quigley, is reportedly in hospital in a critical condition.
Fellow stars of the comedy world have been quick to pay tribute to the Comedy Parlor Live writer, with Kevin Hart wring on Instagram: "Omg," followed by a crying emoji, before he added: "RIP FU."
Actor and comedian Marlon Wayans was clearly hugely emotional as he took to his own Instagram page to upload a lengthy tribute.
In a raw, heartfelt post he wrote: "Damn. Where do I begin? Loss for words. I’m gonna miss your hating’ ass. I miss your rhapsody smokers voice. I’ll miss the two hour roasting sessions we had. "
He admitted he was "crying with a broken heart?" as he reminisced on their best times before he wrapped: "You was always giving me a chin check. Keeping me on my toes. Keeping me grounded. Letting me know don’t get too rich, don’t get so successful that I lose my “street”. Grass ain’t concrete n**a. There’s always gonna be some n***as to test you so stay grounded and humble and connected. Be ready be funny be prepared… be great.
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"… Thank you nephew. I f**king love you.
"I hope you found peace. I hope you sparkling like the glitter on strippers and wizards. You probably sitting outside heavens gate like “yooooooooo!!!! Let a n***a in! Yo GOD it’s Fu [email protected]! Let me in B”.
"Just wait, be patient my mama gonna get God to get you in so you can party with the 32 children you never had. Everyone who knows me knows I loved you… #RIPFU."
Writer and producer Luke Barnett took to Twitter to share: "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."
Stand-up Johnny Taylor Jnr used his condolences to raise awareness of drug use as he pleaded: "Hey everybody, please stop doing cocaine. Please. 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."
Fellow comic Nick Alexander added: "What can I say about [Fuquan].
"You loved & lived life 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!!"
Actor Page Kennedy also posted a lengthy statement on Instagram, along with a picture of Fuquan.
"Life is so short. It leaves quick as a fall. Without notice. Without time to say good bye or i love you. I implore you to tell the people you love that you love them. @mybadfuu i told you this already so i know you know. I love you brother and will miss you.
"Thank you for the laughs. Thank you for always being there when i call you and need you. Rest well my bro and leave those angels alone up there bro, or at least save some for me. "
Autopsies are now being carried out on Johnson and the other two dead.
The LAPD's homicide department has been notified about the case, though it's unclear whether they're involved with the investigation at this time.
It's not known who brought the laced drugs to the party or in what capacity they were used or passed around.
Quigley reportedly lives next door to the apartment where the party was held.
Johnson and Quigley are known to be friends. They've regularly been photographed together over the last few years.
CHILLING LAST WORDS
Fuquan took to his Twitter page to post he was "so high" just hours before his tragic passing.
In a haunting tweet before the apparent overdose from a cocaine-laced fentanyl drug, Johnson said: "I’m so HIGH I just TRIED to SHAMPOO my body."
Johnson is renowned among the LA comedy scene where he'd been performing 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.
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