Chris March, one of Project Runway’s most beloved designers, has died from a heart attack on Thursday, September 5. He was 56.
NewNowNext reported last year that the out designer was battling serious health issues stemming from a near-fatal accident in June 2017 when he fell, hit his head, and laid unconscious in his home for four days. When he awoke, he was taken to a local hospital and placed in a medically induced coma.
A crowdfunding campaign was launched to help cover the costs of March’s ongoing medical care and assisted living facility. Earlier this year March opened up about his need to raise money to cover the escalating costs of his physical therapy.
“I have recently run into several setbacks in my recovery, the biggest one being that my medical insurance went up over 500% at the beginning of 2019,” March wrote on his GoFundMe page. “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,” he shared. “In December I was awarded disability, but California gives 95% of it to this facility, which leaves me with $52 per month. In the face of all my setbacks, I try to remain positive—the leg braces are an exciting new tool on my road to recovery. I am trying to get my tracheotomy removed, and I try my best to effect positive change in this facility for myself and all the residents here.”
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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
Andy Cohen, who had previously tweeted about March’s GoFundMe, took to Instagram to post about March’s death, remembering the bubbly designer for his “big booming laugh; he was a joy and delight.”
March competed on the fourth seasons of Project Runway and Project Runway All-Stars. His own Bravo series, Mad Fashion, aired in 2011. March’s celebrity clients included Madonna, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, and Meryl Streep, and he memorably collaborated with Target in 2013 on a Halloween wig line.