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Hey Qween! star Lady Red Couture dead at 43

Trans icon and Hey Qween! star Lady Red Couture has passed away in a US hospital from complications of a chronic medical condition.

Co-host Jonny McGovern confirmed on social media this weekend that Lady Red had died on Saturday after being admitted to intensive care last week.

The drag star was 43 years old.

“I can’t believe I am writing this message but the unthinkable has happened,” McGovern posted on Instagram.

“This morning at 5 am I received a call from the hospital letting me know that Lady Red had just passed away.

“I was told she was improving yesterday and ready to move out of intensive care.

“But very early this morning she had an episode and coded and she was gone.”

Lady Red had been living with cyclic vomiting syndrome, a condition that can cause complications including dehydration and damage to the oesophagus.

She has been remembered as a mother, friend, and mentor.

McGovern said he was “shocked and devastated”.

“For today, all I can do is cry and mourn the giant loss of my sister, creative partner and best friend,” he wrote.

Other legends of drag have taken to social media to honour Lady Red’s memory, with Bob the Drag Queen posting, “Rest in Power to this gorgeous soul.”

Detox called her “an icon, a force and a friend” and said she was “heartbroken” at her passing.

As well as being a renowned drag performer, she was known as an actor and reality host, appearing in series including Judge Lady Red.

Standing at over seven feet tall in heels, she was self-nicknamed “the world’s largest drag queen in captivity”.

Lady Red is survived by friends and family.

A crowdfund account that was raising money for her medical expenses will now go to her family to assist with her funeral.   

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