Former Project Runway Finalist Mychael Knight Dead at 39

Fashion designer passed away in a Georgia hospital

By Mike Vulpo Oct 17, 2017 9:29 PMTags
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Project Runway fans are mourning the loss of a talented fashion designer.

Season 3 contestant Mychael Knight died Tuesday morning in a Georgia hospital according to Obvious Mag. He was 39.

"We are still processing the untimely death of our son, brother, friend and uncle. Mychael meant everything to us and we loved him dearly," the Knight family said in a statement to the publication. "He was generous and so full of life. This is how we choose to remember his legacy."

According to TMZ, the designer recently checking into a hospital where he was receiving treatment for intestinal issues.

Fans first met Mychael on the third season of Project Runway that aired on Bravo at the time. He would end up in fourth place behind fellow contestants Laura Bennett, Uli Herzner and winner Jeffrey Sebelia.

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Judges Heidi KlumNina Garcia and Michael Kors were so impressed with Mychael's designs that he later competed in the third season of Project Runway All Stars where he placed eighth.

"I was shocked to hear the news of Mychael's passing," Nina said in a statement to E! News. "He was such a talented, positive, and determined person and designer. He will surely be missed by his Project Runway family and all those who knew him."

Heidi added, "My love and thoughts are with Mychael's family. He was an extraordinary designer and a very sweet man."

"I am so sad to hear about Mychael's passing," Michael said. "He had a great upbeat energy, a love of women, and his clothes were bold and sexy. My thoughts are with his family and friends."

After the show, the designer appeared on BET's Rip The Runway and designed a line of custom tees for Starbucks. 

He also went on to work on his premiere namesake line Mychael Knight, unisex fragrance MajK and dressed several celebrities including Jennifer Hudson and Patti LaBelle.

"My dear talented friend. Thanks for loving my family. You were the FIRST designer to dress us for #BFV," Braxton Family Values star Towanda Braxton wrote on Instagram. "The fashion world will not be the same without you. #mychaelknight" 

Andy Cohen added, "I am so sad to hear about Mychael Knight. When he appeared on #ProjectRunway he was the sweetest guy, full of life, ambition & talent. #rip. You may also remember Mychael helping @IamSheree w/#SheBySheree on #RHOA. He was a straight out sweetheart #RIP."

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.