STATEN ISLAND – A pregnant Staten Island woman who once played the little blue fairy in a music video depicting life as a pain pill addict, was found dead Tuesday afternoon, according to police.
Officers found the body of 25-year-old Sharissa Turk inside her home along Jefferson Blvd. in Staten Island around 2:50 p.m.
Turk was unresponsive and unconscious with no apparent trauma, according to the police. EMS pronounced her dead at the scene. She was eight months pregnant at the time, according to her Facebook page.
Turk played a psychedelic fairy three years ago in “My World is Blue,” an amateur rap video about the prescription drug culture on Staten Island.
It was shot mostly on Staten Island, including several scenes inside of a Duane Reade pharmacy. “180 pills a month and I got another script, I’m on a first-name basis at the pharmacy.”
Turk is the second person who appeared in the video to die – 32-year-old Gerard Kelly, known in the music world as "Incite," died in August, 2015. His death was linked to drug use, the city medical examiner confirmed.
In 2013, police arrested Turk for selling pills to undercover officers. The massive sweep brought down nearly three-dozen ‘loosely affiliated drug dealers on Staten Island’s south shore.’
The suspects in the case ranged from 18 to 54, and faced charges that included: possession and sale of a controlled substance, possession and sale of firearm, possession and sale of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance.
Police also found numerous weapons, including: a loaded 380-caliber semi-automatic Keltec handgun, a loaded 40-caliber Smith and Wesson semi-automatic, a 45-caliber Colt semi-automatic and a Mossberg pistol grip shotgun.
Turk went through a court-mandated drug-treatment program and the case against her was sealed and dismissed, according to silive.com.
Heroin, as a cheap substitute for pharmacy pain pills, has ravaged Staten Island families and taken lives in increasing numbers.
"We have firefighters, school teachers, honors students, who are now heroin abusers,” Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan candidly told PIX11 in November of 2014. “That image we have of the 70’s and the early 80’s of a heroin abuser is not the heroin abuser of today.”
Donovan said even physicians are getting addicted to heroin, in the wake of a prescription drug crackdown in the last couple of years.
“There was this false belief that these things were safe to take, because they were in your family’s medicine cabinet,” Donovan said of the painkillers that were commonly used and abused on Staten Island in the last decade. Young people produced a viral video about the wonders of Percocet, the 30 mg blue pill. Oxycontin rings popped up all over the borough.
For more on the growing problem, see Mary Murphy's Emmy-nominated series Heroin: A to Z.