PROJECT Runway star Chris March has died at the age of 56 after suffering a heart attack, it was announced last night.
The season four finalist passed away two years after a horror fall that left him in a coma and suffering paralysis in his legs, hand and arms.
Sources close to March’s family told TMZ that he died at around 1:45pm on Thursday after suffering a heart attack.
Confirming the designer’s tragic death last night, fellow Bravo TV star Andy Cohen said on Instagram: “This is how I’m going to remember Chris March.
“Dressed as Lisa Vanderpump as I wear a Giggy costume he made for one of our first Halloween specials.”
Grieving Chris, 51, added: “Chris was a finalist on Season 4 of Project Runway.
“He designed for everyone from Beyoncé, Gaga, Madonna, Meryl, Prince and many legendary downtown drag queens (And Sonja Morgan!).
“He had a big booming laugh; he was a joy and delight. #RIP”.
TV channel Bravo said in a statement: “We are deeply saddened by the news of Chris March’s passing.
“He was a favourite among Bravo fans and the fashion community.
“Our condolences go out to his family and friends. He will truly be missed.”
Discussing his June 2017 fall, March said: “I fell and hit my head in my apartment. It’s that simple.
“I passed out and laid there for 4 days.
“I woke up and called 911 and somehow got to the hospital.
“In the hospital all sorts of medical problems happened: My blood sugar was over 500.
“My organs started failing, my right lung collapsed, and they had to give me a tracheotomy and put me on a ventilator.”
Friends launched a GoFundMe campaign to pay for his medical treatment after he said the cost of his health insurance jumped 500 per cent.
Updating the page in April, March said: “Where I am now is unbearable and makes me anxious and depressed every day.
“I have considered suicide many times.”
Reacting to news of his death, fans flooded social media to tell of their heartache.
Scott Nevins wrote: “I was lucky enough to work alongside and get to know him years ago in NYC.
“He was outlandish, over the top and spectacularly funny (and kind). What a loss.”
Kevin O’Keeffe added: “This absolutely breaks my heart. Chris was such a light on his season of Project Runway.
“He was one of the first big, boisterous gay men I saw on TV who wasn’t the butt of the joke, but the one making everyone laugh.
“What a light in the world.”
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