It’s a sad day in the fashion world, indeed — former Project Runway finalist Mychael Knight died at 7:25 a.m. EST on Tuesday morning in a hospital outside of Atlanta, Georgia.
The news comes by way of Obvious magazine, which the family has reportedly chosen as their media source to communicate through during this difficult time.
“We are still processing the untimely death of our son, brother, friend, and uncle,” the family told the outlet. “Mychael meant everything to us and we loved him dearly. He was generous and so full of life. This is how we choose to remember his legacy.”
Although the cause of Knight’s death has yet to be released, it is being reported that Knight was surrounded by his friends and family when he died.
TMZ is reporting that Knight died shortly after checking into the hospital to get treatment for intestinal issues.
Over the last few years, Knight has openly shared his struggles with irritable bowel syndrome. In now deleted Facebook posts, he described having chronic abdominal pain, extreme fatigue and a “leaky gut.”
Knight first rose to prominence on Season 3 of the fashion-based reality competition Project Runway. Although he ultimately came in fourth place, Knight earned the “fan favorite” award during his season. He also went on to compete on Project Runway All Stars.
In 2007, Knight launched his own label, Mychael Knight. Other recent accomplishments include a line of custom T-shirts for Starbucks, a male and female lingerie label called Kitty & Dick and his MajK unisex fragrance. In mid-September 2017, he walked his final runway at New York Fashion Week.
RIP Mychael Knight. Remembering your work and your final runway walk from your NYFW show a few weeks ago 😓❤ pic.twitter.com/UOsXlrtgJh
— Malikah Kelly (@malikahkelly) October 17, 2017
Rest in peace, Mychael Knight. The world will surely miss your beautiful designs and sunny outlook.