Carvey and his wife, Paula Zwagerman, announced Dex’s death at age 32 in November
The cause of death for Dana Carvey’s son, Dex Carvey, has been confirmed.
Two months after Carvey and his wife, Paula Zwagerman, announced their son’s death, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner determined Dex died from an accidental drug overdose in a report obtained by PEOPLE. He was found to have fentanyl, ketamine and cocaine in his system at the time of his death.
Carvey and his wife shared news of Dex’s death at age 32 on Instagram in November.
“Last night we suffered a terrible tragedy,” the post began.
“Dex packed a lot into those 32 years. He was extremely talented at so many things--music, art, film making, comedy--and pursued all of them passionately,” the couple said of their son. “It's not an exaggeration to say that Dex loved life.”
“And when you were with him, you loved life too," their statement continued. "He made everything fun. But most of all, he loved his family, his friends and his girlfriend, Kaylee. Dex was a beautiful person. His handmade birthday cards are a treasure. We will miss him forever.”
The couple also added a message of solidarity for “anyone struggling with addiction or who loves someone struggling with addiction,” as they said, “You are in our hearts and prayers.”
Carvey said that while it’s “very sweet” that people have been trying to get in touch with him, there’s nothing that anyone else can do for him and his family. “It’s me and my wife and our son’s private journey,” he explained, referring to their younger son, Thomas, 31.
“We’re all together,” he continued of the family. “And we do a lot of fun things. We hike, we go to church. You just want to make sure you keep moving.”
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The Saturday Night Live alum added that returning to the podcast and “riffing” with his longtime friend “is going to be very healthy for me as I recover.”
“‘Cause I’m kind of on the pain train with about millions of other people on this planet. And you don’t know how long you’re going to be on it or when it will stop or when it will get better,” Carvey admitted. “But in the meantime, all of this kind of stuff is very healthy."
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