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Dex Carvey cause of death revealed: fentanyl and other drugs

Dex Carvey, an aspiring comedian and son of former «Saturday Night Live» star Dana Carvey, died of a lethal combination of fentanyl, ketamine and cocaine, officials said.

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner ruled Tuesday that the actor died of an accidental drug overdose, confirming details shared by his father and mother Paula Zwagerman earlier in November. The message they did not reveal any other causes or significant conditions. Dex was 32.

Dana Carvey and Zwagerman announced their son’s death on social media declaration November 16. The couple, who also have a son together, Thomas Carvey, mourned Dex, who «packed a lot» into his 32 years of life.

«He was extremely talented in so many things – music, art, film, comedy – and he was passionate about everything,» the actor’s parents said before acknowledging people whose lives are affected by addiction.

Dex Carvey was born on June 23, 1991 and has appeared in several projects, including the miniseries «Beyond the Comics» and «The Funster,» according to IMDb.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported in December that fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, caused more than 60% of all accidental drug or alcohol overdoses in 2022.

«We are still in the midst of the worst overdose crisis in history, and this is clearly an emergency,» Dr. Gary Tsai, director of the county’s substance abuse prevention and control program. «We’re doing a lot of work to improve our system, but obviously there’s still a lot of work to do.»

Two months after losing his oldest son, Dana Carvey opened up about his grief and finding solace in work. During his return to the «Fly on the Wall» podcast last week, Dana Carvey told co-host David Spade, «You just want to make sure you’re moving.»

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He continued: «I was thinking about it over the holidays and decided to come back to the podcast because I think it’s going to be a break and I think it’s going to be really great to have a laugh.»

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