NYC drag star Nashom Wooden, performed as Mona Foot, dies from coronavirus: friends

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March 24, 2020 - 1:37 pm

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Former New York City drag star Nashom Wooden, who performed as Mona Foot, has died from the coronavirus, his friends said.

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    “Project Runway” designer Geoffrey Mac was among the people who said Wooden had succumbed to the virus, which has killed 131 people in New York City as of Tuesday.

    “I lost my best friend today from the coronavirus, Nashom Wooden,” Mac said through tears in an Instagram post Monday. “I just want to make sure that everybody out there stays healthy and takes care of each other, because the virus is really real. And I’m just so sorry.”

    Wooden was 50 years old.

    RIP @thenashom9000 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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    Wooden is best known for his drag performances in Manhattan's nightlife scene. He started performing as Mona Foot in 1989 and had retired by 2017, according to Paper Magazine.

    Wooden performed one more time as Mona Foot, in a Wonder Woman outfit, at Wigstock in Brooklyn in 2018.

    DragShowcase mourns the death of the legendary NYC drag queen Mona Foot. Rest In Power -- #dragshowcase, #monafoot, #dragqueen, #nycnightlife

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    So sorry to hear of the passing of the gorgeous & talented Nashom Wooden aka Mona Foot. A real loss for the planet. I was lucky enough to see him perform one more time at the last Wigstock. A truly magical star! #monafoot #nashomwooden

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    He also was part of “My Pet Homo,” an off-Broadway show with RuPaul and was cast in the 1999 film “Flawless.” He was a singer for The Ones, for which he co-wrote the song “Flawless.”

    Wooden has since been working at the Cock, an East Village gay bar, as a bartender, doorman and DJ, according to Paper Magazine.

    Wigstock Co-Founder Scott Lifshutz told Paper Magazine that he saw Wooden just a month ago.

    "He was really upbeat and optimistic," Lifshutz told the magazine. "He said he was almost finished writing a screenplay for TV. He was still working at the Cock and he was doing well."

    "Mona was a fierce drag warrior with a great lip synch and a wonderfully wicked mouth. She was admired and loved on the drag scene,” Lifshutz said.

    RIP MY MOTHER ---- @thenashom9000 aka Mona Foot @ Singer of @the_ones Just passed on from the COVID-19 experiencing symptoms went to the hospital and got turned away because he is not sick -- enough and then shortly after passed on !! please please stay inside and protect yourself this pandemic coronavirus Virus we have just lost a legendary icon this is awful ----❤️ go 2 my you tube and warch her Space Cunt ----

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    My heart is broken right now. I can’t believe this -- we lost Nashom Wooden (aka Mona Foot) @thenashom9000 to this fucking atrocity of a virus! Ive known Nashom since I was a teenager. I adored & admired the iconic Mona Foot. I got lucky enough to get to know Nashom and become friends as an adult. We’re both family members in the House of Feilds. I love you & will miss you my friend/my sister ♥️rest peacefully. You’re ABSOLUTELY FLAWLESS! PLEASE listen to the reports, STAY HOME, wash your hands, keep yourself safe! Love one another!

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