Georgia fashion designer Mychael Knight, who was a finalist on the favored TV competitors present "Undertaking Runway," died Tuesday at age 39.
Knight died outdoors Atlanta surrounded by household and buddies, stated good friend Jerris Madison, the editor and photographer of Apparent Journal, a fashion, life-style and cultural publication.
An official explanation for demise has not been launched, however Knight had extensively shared his 5-12 months struggles with irritable bowel syndrome, writing in now-deleted Fb posts that he suffered continual belly ache, a "leaky intestine," excessive fatigue and exhaustion.
"He was progressive, unapologetic, form and giving," Madison stated of Knight. "He made certain that anyone who was in his core circle, his household, his buddies, did not need to need for something. He was simply an incredible man."
Knight appeared on Season three of "Undertaking Runway," which aired on Bravo, ending fourth that 12 months. He returned for "Undertaking Runway All-Stars," ending eighth on the present that now airs on the Lifetime community.
"We're saddened to listen to in regards to the passing of a member of the Undertaking Runway household," stated Lifetime spokeswoman Dee Perez in an announcement. "It is a lack of a fantastic expertise and we want his household peace and solace throughout this troublesome time."
Knight spent his childhood in Montgomery, Alabama, however graduated from Washingtonville Senior Excessive College in Washingtonville, New York, in 1996. Later that very same 12 months, he started his freshman 12 months of school at Georgia Southern College in Statesboro, Georgia. In 2001, he earned a Bachelor of Science diploma in attire design and merchandising.
After finishing his undergraduate research, Knight broke into the fashion business in Atlanta by working as an intern at Wilbourn Exclusives in 2001 earlier than turning into a fashion stylist within the music business in 2002.
In 2006, Knight turned a contestant for "Undertaking Runway," and went on to win that season's fan favourite award. The subsequent 12 months, he launched his label, Mychael Knight, on BET's "Rip the Runway" and he designed a line of customized tees for the Starbucks Corp.
In 2008, Knight launched Kitty & Dick, his lingerie label for women and men, and his unisex perfume, MajK.
Madison stated "Undertaking Runway" undoubtedly helped develop Knight's model, which caught the attention of celebrities like Toni Braxton, Sheri Shepard and Eva Marcille, who finally turned his shoppers.
"His identify was nonetheless on individuals's minds," Madison stated. "The business may be very aggressive, however he continued to do it his means."
Madison stated Knight, who had been residing in Los Angeles, was at all times sharp and stylish in his private model and that carried over into his collections.
"He died doing what he beloved," Madison stated. "And you may see that in his last assortment introduced (final month) at New York Fashion Week. It was wonderful. The business has misplaced a real innovator. Mychael was simply attending to that time the place individuals had been saying 'Hey, I bear in mind this man.' He was about to be big and actually needed to capitalize on inexpensive sportswear for girls of all sizes."
Along with his mother and father, Michael Sr. and Pamela Knight, Knight is survived by two sisters.
"Mychael meant all the pieces to us and we beloved him dearly. He was beneficiant and so energetic. That is how we select to recollect his legacy," the household stated in an announcement.
Funeral preparations had been pending.
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