Scott Adams, who is the creator of the comic Dilbert, announced tragic news on Monday. The author is mourning the loss of his 18-year-old stepson, reported PEOPLE.
Adams revealed in a video that his stepson had died of a Fentanyl overdose. The 61-year-old cartoonist tearfully shared the tragic news.
In the video, Adams barely controls his tears as he explains that he received a call from his ex-wife over the weekend. In the call, she told him that “the little boy I raised from the age of two was dead.”
Adams then said coroners found a fentanyl patch on his stepson Justin’s arm. It is believed that he died of an overdose.
Adams also explained Justin was trying to “score Xanax,” which is a sedative that can treat anxiety and panic disorder but is also known to cause paranoia, impair memory and judgment and suicidal ideation.
Adams explained that his stepson's battle with drug addiction when he had a serious head injury. The accident happened at only 14-years-old.
Fentanyl has claimed many lives. It was also behind Demi Lovato's nearly fatal overdose earlier this year.
In October 2017, Tom Petty suffered an overdose of several medications including Fentanyl.
The year prior, Grammy-award winning singer Prince died of an opioid overdose, which the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office said was caused by “Fentanyl toxicity” and that “the decedent self-administered fentanyl.”
Please pray for Adams and his ex-wife as they mourn their loss. Drug addiction is such a terrible thing, and it is tragic how it takes young people before their time.