Chris March, one of my Project Runway’s most beloved designers, has died from a heart attack. He was 56.
In 2018, NewNowNext reported that the near-fatal accident occurred in March’s home in June 2017 when the out designer designer fell, hit his head, and laid unconscious for four days. When he awoke, he was taken to a local hospital where he was 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 how he needs to raise more funds 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.”
Andy Cohen, who previously had 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. His celebrity clients have included Madonna, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, and Meryl Streep, and he memorably collaborated with Target in 2013 on a Halloween wig line.