Very sad news today out of the reality television universe:
Chris March, a popular contestant who competed on Season 4 of Project Runway, died on Thursday of a heart attack.
He was 56 years old.
Bravo personality and producer Andy Cohen mourned the loss of March in a heartfelt Instagram post, which read a follows:
“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.
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.
According to TMZ, which broke this tragic news, March had been in and out of the hospital for the past year or so.
He had been battling some pretty serious health problems — and yet the fatal heart attack came as a surprise to his doctors and loved ones. He was even designing dresses all the way up until the end.
Along with making it to the finals on Season 4, March also appeared on Project Runway All Stars and had his own show on Bravo called “Mad Fashion.”
Moreover, he made cameos on The Real Housewives of New York City, helping find elaborate costumes for Sonja Morgan.
In 2017, March suffered an almost-fatal fall in his apartment that left him in a coma for the subsequent two months.
A GoFundMe was launched on the reality star’s behalf to help offset the monetary challenges of his ongoing medical treatments.
After this hospitalization, March entered a nursing facility.
“I came close to death many times — they called my family and they were told if they wanted to say goodbye to come right away,” he said of the major mishap.
Throughout his impressive career, March designed for Madonna, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Coolidge, Beyonce and Meryl Streep.
He was responsible for the latter’s 2010 Golden Globe and Oscars ensembles.
Just a few months ago, March shared an update on his health, revealing he had “run into several setbacks in my recovery.”
As he described on the GoFundMe:
“I am also in need of leg braces, specialized physical therapy, a hearing aid, and a new living arrangement.
“Where I am now is unbearable and makes me anxious and depressed every day. I have considered suicide many times. I have tried my best to make strides.”
March’s supporters raised nearly $60,000 of his $100,000 goal after his accident.
We send our condolences to Chris March’s friends, family members and loved ones.
May he rest in peace.