Nashom Wooden (a.k.a. Drag Performer Mona Foot) Dies After Coronavirus, Friend Says

Tuesday March 24, 2020

Nashom Wooden
Nashom Wooden  (Source:Instagram / @ms.lancing)

Nashom Wooden, also known as the iconic New York City drag queen Mona Foot, has died. Though the official cause of death has not been confirmed, Wooden's longtime friend Geoffrey Mac, a fashion designer, said the performer died after being diagnosed with COVID-19, Billboard reports.

Mac, who appeared on "Project Runway," took to Instagram this week to share a heartbreaking video about the passing of Wooden.

"I lost my best friend today from the coronavirus, Nashom Wooden," Mac said. "I just want to make sure everyone out there stays healthy and takes care of each other because the virus is really real. I'm just so sorry."

Mario Diaz, known as a club king in New York City's queer nightlife, also shared a Facebook post remembering Wooden.

"A beautiful gorgeous creature, an amazing artist and a friend for 25+ years," Diaz wrote. "When I think of you I will always see that beautiful smile. When I think of you I will always remember the powerhouse that was Mona Foot!"

In 2017, Wooden gave an extensive interview with Paper magazine, detailing their career from their start in 1989 up to their retirement. In the piece, Wooden explains they learned their makeup skills from RuPaul and performed for years in several gay clubs around New York City. Wooden reprised Mona Foot for a performance at Wigstock 2018, but this time as Wonder Woman.

A number of fellow drag performers mourned the loss of Wooden on social media, including "RuPaul's Drag Race" stars Sasha Velour, Peppermint, Thorgy Thor and Scarlet Envy. Find their reactions, and others, below.

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