Where Sadness Lives (Jonny McGovern) — Thank you @nytimes for recognizing our girl @Mothercouture and her contributions to the art of drag and to the world. My pain is eased when I remember she will be forever with us through our years of work together on @heyqweentv.
A fixture in Los Angeles clubs who stood 7-foot-2 in heels, she also co-hosted the L.G.B.T.Q. talk show “Hey Qween!”
Lady Red Couture, a comedian, singer and talk-show host who called herself “the largest live-singing drag queen in captivity,” and who became a mentor to younger drag performers, died on July 25 in Los Angeles. She was 43.
The cause was complications of cyclic vomiting syndrome, a condition thought to be related to migraines, said Jonny McGovern, her co-host on “Hey Qween!,” a popular L.G.B.T.Q. talk show that began on YouTube and is now also available on Amazon Prime.
Lady Red received an associate degree from the Salt Lake Community College Culinary Institute in Utah and worked briefly as a chef with Amtrak. After returning to Los Angeles, she held a variety of jobs, including “security diva” at Gym Sportsbar and “budtender” at a MedMen cannabis dispensary, both in West Hollywood.
She started performing in drag in 1995, according to her Internet Movie Database profile. Mr. McGovern, a comedian and actor, saw her in clubs and tapped her to be his co-host on “Hey Qween!” The show, which began in 2014, rose in parallel with “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” becoming a go-to spot for cast members to “spill some tea,” or tell some truth.