A Staten Island heroin dealer just two weeks away from being sentenced to prison nearly died taking the same drug that killed his pregnant fiancée, police sources said Tuesday.
Facing a three-year stint behind bars when he’s sentenced Dec. 6, Frank DeGaetano, 29, admitted to overdosing on two bags of heroin in his mother’s Arden Heights home at about 12:45 a.m. Sunday, sources said.
First responders revived DeGaetano with two doses of naloxone and rushed him to Staten Island University Hospital South, where he is expected to survive.
“He’s doing good,” DeGaetano’s father said, answering the door at the family’s home Tuesday night. Moments later, DeGaetano’s mother emerged and said, “No comment.”
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On Oct. 25, DeGaetano pleaded guilty to felony drug-selling charges, in a bust linked to the March 2016 overdose death of his fiancée, Sharissa Turk, 25, who was eight months pregnant.
Turk gained notoriety after playing the “Blue Fairy” in a 2012 rap video about prescription drug use in Staten Island. Turk died roughly seven months after Gerard Kelly, 32, one of the rappers in the video, fatally overdosed.
Her death led to an investigation, dubbed “Operation Blue Angel,” that netted five dealers, including DeGaetano, who prosecutors said transported heroin and fentanyl into Staten Island from New Jersey, then sold the drugs across the borough.
In May 2016, DeGaetano talked about his fiancée in a heartfelt interview with New York 1.
“She tried to stop on her own, she was doing good for a while and then she started back up,” he said. “That’s why we told the doctor what was going on, so the doctor would help us so we wouldn’t lose the baby.”
DeGaetano said he’s held onto the last note that Turk ever wrote him. The note, which discussed her rehab plans, read, “Doing this for our family, us 3.”
“I hang it up here as a reminder of how much she loves me,” DeGaetano said. “I wanted to be a dad. I was ready to be a dad. And they both got taken away from me.”
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