Comedian Kate Quigley revealed she takes daily small doses of magic mushrooms in an interview just three days before she overdosed on fentanyl-laced cocaine and three of her friends died from the drug.
Quigley opened up about her drug-taking, partying and even shoplifting during the pandemic on a podcast interview on September 1.
Three days later she was rushed to hospital and three of her comedian friends died after they all reportedly overdosed on fentanyl that had been cut into cocaine they were taking at a party in Quigley’s Venice Beach home.
In the videoed interview on the podcast Uncle Joey’s Joint, Quigley, 39, and comedian Joey Diaz discussed the alcohol and drug addictions rife among comedians and opened up about their grief over the recent death of another stand-up comic friend and addict Erik Myers, who was run over by a truck in February.
Kate Quigley opened up about her drug-taking, partying and even shoplifting during the pandemic on a podcast interview just three days before the overdose
In the interview on podcast Uncle Joey’s Joint, Quigley, 39, and comedian Joey Diaz discussed the alcohol and drug addictions rife among comedians
While discussing drugs, Quigley revealed that she takes small amounts of magic mushrooms every day, a practice called ‘microdosing’.
‘I did start microdosing mushrooms during this whole period. Holy s*** that has helped me so much with everything, anxiety, depression, everything,’ she told Diaz.
‘I get so much less stressed out than I used to. It really makes me happier. And it’s just the babiest little bite. I don’t feel high but I’m happier.
‘I’ve had the capsules but I just break a little piece off and eat it once or twice a day. It’s so small, that’s it.’
The comedian and former model mentioned wilder behavior by her friends – who she said were more worried about the contents of the covid vaccine than the cleanliness of their street drugs.
Quigley said many of her Los Angeles friends are ‘terrified of the vaccine’ but ‘will do blow off the back of a toilet seat in a dirty bar.’
In the interview just days before her fentanyl overdose, Diaz discussed dirty cuts of cocaine, with Quigley agreeing that she too had ‘smelled’ bad odors in the drugs she snorted.
She added that the solitude and lack of parties during the pandemic last year ‘really turned me off’ cocaine.
Quigley said the nationwide shutdown for months in 2020 meant she had no gigs and was strapped for cash, admitting that she even resorted to stealing ice cream and popcorn from CVS.
‘I was stealing ice cream. I was stealing food from CVS,’ she said.
‘I mean you have a mask, a hat, sunglasses. I mean really you could rob anywhere. I didn’t rob anywhere but, just ice cream I took. And popcorn, a little popcorn.’
Comedians Fuquan Johnson, 42, Enrico Colangeli, 48, and Natalie Williamson, 33, died at Quigley’s house party on Saturday.
Quigley tweeted this week saying she was ‘on the mend’ after being hospitalized.
Quigley’s plush home is located in the Venice neighborhood of LA, and is worth a whopping $1.8million. This is where she and friends overdosed on fentanyl-laced cocaine
Kate Quigley and Fuquan Johnson are seen on May 15, 2018 in Los Angeles. Comedian Fuquan is one of three who died at Quigley’s party Saturday
Quigley and Diaz discussed their grief over losing comedian Erik Myers (left) in February. He struggled with addiction and was killed by a truck. Actor Jeremy Piven paid tribute after his death
Comedian Jamie Kennedy tweeted that the incident was ‘an absolute tragedy’ and sent his love to Quigley, who wrote back ‘Awww. Thx love. Im on the mend.’
In the early hours of Thursday morning Quigley posted on Instagram saying she was dealing with how to ‘move on’ in the wake of the tragedy.
She posted a picture with the words: ‘It’s okay that you don’t know how to move on. Start with something easier… like not going back.’
Enrico Colangeli, 48, was also found dead at Quigley’s home in Venice Beach, California early Saturday morning. Authorities believe he ingested cocaine laced with the powerful opioid fentanyl
She added: ‘Ive stayed off my phone & prolly will for a while. I’m still healing physically & mentally. But reading all these positive messages from u guys is really makin me cry tnight. Thank uuu so much for your support. You have no idea how much it’s helping.’
In her podcast interview last week, she and Diaz discussed their grief over losing Myers.
Quigley revealed the late comic, who struggled with addiction, once showed up naked to her house at 2pm after going missing for days on an alcohol-fueled bender.
‘Erik was the most extreme case I’ve ever seen of somebody that was so different the second he fell off [the wagon],’ she said.
‘He would go from the sweetest, most sensitive guy, and then one sip might as well be five fifths of vodka. He would not stop.
‘He showed up naked one time at my house at two in the afternoon. Naked in the middle of the day in Hollywood. He’d been missing for three days, he was all beat up.’
She added that the emotional toll of his death didn’t hit her until months later.
‘Erik Myers was a weird one for me because, I mean it sounds so odd to say this… I almost felt happy for him when I first heard,’ she told Diaz.
‘I was shocked but I wasn’t all the way shocked because you know you kind of expect at some point when somebody falls off the wagon that many times you prepare yourself.
‘But then the big thing was, he was always so anxious, even sober, I felt like he could finally chill out.
‘But I didn’t really feel it until last week some photo popped up of me and Erik in Las Vegas just having fun together and it suddenly hit me.
‘It’s weird that people that died during this, you already hadn’t seen them in a while, so then it doesn’t really hit you until a moment when you would see them, or a memory.’
Quigley is stable but only lucid for moments and faces a long recovery, her mother said. On the podcast, Diaz discussed dirty cuts of cocaine, with Quigley agreeing that she too had ‘smelled’ bad odors in the drugs she snorted
Comedian Brian Redban posted a screenshot of text messages between him and Quigley where she tells him ‘I’m alive. Not great. But im OK’
Quigley revealed that her Venice Beach house, where the fateful party took place on Saturday, was on the same block as Hunter Biden’s former residence.
Biden moved to a home on the canals of the oceanside neighborhood around February this year, but vacated for another rental in the Malibu hills in June.
Quigley said she got ‘hot’ officers from his Secret Service detail to patrol her yard after she spotted a man loitering there.
‘He lives like four houses down from me, so they put Secret Service on my block. I’m so lucky because it became the safest block in the neighborhood,’ she said.
‘I go over all the time and talk to him. Then one night I thought I had a stalker. I had this creepy guy hanging around my place for like a week.
‘I went over there and told the Secret Service and they were walking by like every hour checking on my place, it was awesome.
‘Also they’re kind of hot. Two of them are pretty hot. But I think they’re not allowed to mingle.’
Quigley starred in 2006 US sitcom The Office and Star Trek: Hidden Frontier the same year.
She has headlined at top comedy clubs including the Improv, Laugh Factory, Icehouse, Comedy Store, and Haha Comedy Club in Hollywood.
She also hosted Playboy TV’s Undercover and the 2016 AVN Awards.