Young actor’s latest star died of fentanyl overdose

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner confirmed to media that the death of up-and-coming Hollywood actor Daniel Mickelson on July 4 was due to a drug overdose involving a lethal mixture of fentanyl and cocaine.

With these findings, the 23-year-old actor becomes the last person to die in a high-profile accidental drug overdose involving fentanyl, Page six reported. Earlier this month, it was determined that Michael K. Williams, star of “The Wire,” had also died as a result of ingesting a combination of fentanyl, heroin and cocaine.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that can be 50 times more potent than heroin. It is also cheaper to produce and distribute, fueling its increased use among recreational drug users and addicts seeking alternatives to heroin or prescription opioids. reported the New York Times.

It is common for heroin to be mixed with fentanyl, but the combination of cocaine and fentanyl, as seen in the deaths of Mickelson and William, is attracting attention. The New York Times reported earlier of six deaths on Long Island, and a total of eight overdoses, over a three-day period in August. In the eight overdoses, people had taken both drugs.

Fatal drug overdoses also jumped nearly 30% in 2020 to more than 93,000 as the COVID-19 pandemic swept the country, the New York Times said in another report, citing preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is the largest increase in a single year in the number of reported drug-related deaths and the most deaths ever linked to opioids and fentanyl, the Times added.

Among the recent high-profile deaths involving fentanyl, it was decided in May that the controversial 54-year-old music promoter Michael Alig died in late December in New York City of an accidental overdose involving fentanyl, heroin and heroin. methamphetamine, Page six reported.

In March, the LA County Medical Examiner ruled that Bobby Brown Jr., the 28-year-old son of singer Bobby Brown, died in November 2020 from a toxic combination of alcohol, cocaine and fentanyl, Page Six also reported.

Prince is probably the most famous person to die of a fentanyl overdose. The 57-year-old singer had what experts called an “excessively high” concentration of fentanyl in his body when he died in April 2016, according to reports.

Prior to Williams’ death in September, the five-time Emmy nominee, 54, was open in interviews about his substance abuse issues, claiming he started using drugs in his second or second year. the third season of “The Wire”, HBO’s beloved series. in which he played the quick-witted Omar Little stick-up.

In a February interview with podcaster Marc Maron, the Brooklyn actor revealed he continues to work to stay healthy and sober, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“You know, I’m in the club too,” Williams told Maron for his “WTF” podcast, referring to recovering. “And you know, anyone who’s heard me speak before, I’m not shy about it. You know, relapse for me is part of my story and, you know, but I’m living well today, you know. All we have is today.

Less is known about Mickelson’s struggles. Her younger sister, model Meredith Mickelson, announced his death July 5 to his 2.3 million Instagram followers. Daniel Mickelson also aspired to be a designer, having previously announced the launch of his own clothing line, Page Said. His acting credits include appearances in the web series “Mani” and the 2019 film “The Killer Clown Meets the Candy Man”.

“My heart is broken and writing it feels so bad to me and I don’t even know what to say,” Meredith Mickelson wrote on Instagram. “Yesterday I lost my brother, my best friend and the other half of my heart.”

Although Mickelson was not yet a household name, he was well known and loved by a generation of young Hollywood celebrities including Kaia Gerber, Lottie Moss and Patrick Schwarzenegger, Page six reported. These celebrities took to social media to pay tribute to Mickelson.

“I remember the time we sat on the couch and spent all day inventing our own secret language that we kept talking every time we saw each other,” Gerber wrote in her caption. “I wish we could go back. I wish we were still talking in phrases that probably annoy everyone but crack us up every time.

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