Legendary Club Kid Arrested After NBC Producer's Death in Drug-Filled Apartment

By McCarton Ackerman 01/24/17
Police found a huge stash of drugs and cash at the apartment where the producer was found dead.
Man in handcuffs.

One of the most well-known DJs in the U.S. has been arrested, after an NBC producer was found dead inside a New York City apartment filled with drugs.

DJ Keoki (real name: George Lopez) was booked on January 6 for suspicion of holding drugs and possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. Another suspect, 33-year-old Patrick Walsh, was arrested that same day on suspicion of drug possession, according to LA Weekly.

Michael Alig—a former boyfriend of Keoki’s and a veteran of NYC’s nineties club scene who later spent 17 years in prison on manslaughter charges, confirmed the arrest via Facebook on January 17. “Thank you to all the friends who contributed to Keoki’s bail,” he wrote, according to LA Weekly. “We hope to have him out by tomorrow.”

Keoki, 50, was arrested after drugs were discovered at the Upper East Side apartment in which NBC producer Thomas Felty was found dead. According to the New York Post, Walsh, Lopez and Felty were all hanging out in the apartment, when Walsh and Lopez went to sleep and woke up to find that Felty wasn’t breathing.

Lopez called the police in the early hours of January 4, and authorities discovered a wide range of substances when they entered the apartment. Among their findings were three large gallon-sized and six half-gallon-sized Ziploc bags containing methamphetamine, two large Ziploc bags containing cocaine, over 100 ecstasy and Molly pills, and 56 pills that still have to be identified. A separate duffel bag in the apartment also contained rock cocaine, meth, ecstasy, marijuana, and 58 diazepam pills. Police also found nearly $27,000 in cash.

Police sources had reported that Felty had taken drugs before his death, but a spokeswoman for the city Medical Examiner’s office said that his cause of death was still pending the results of further tests.

Although it’s not confirmed if Keoki also used any substances that evening, Alig wrote in a May 2014 post-prison essay for the New York Post that Keoki’s drug use impacted their relationship during their club heydays. “Strangely enough, I’d always been anti-drug. I hated it when Keoki took cocaine,” he wrote. “Usually, when I found it in his pockets, I’d flush it down the toilet.”

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.