Trans performer Holly Woodlawn, the Warhol superstar immortalized in Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side,” has passed away at age 69.
The exact cause of death hasn’t been announced, but her health had deteriorated in the past few years. Penny Arcade, who launched a GoFundMe campaign for Woodlawn’s end-of-life care, said lesions were discovered on her brain and lungs.
It’s believed she died at a hospice in West Hollywood.
Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Miami Beach, Woodlawn eventually came to New York, where she linked up with Andy Warhol and starred in underground classics like Trash and Women in Revolt.
After the era of the Superstars ebbed, she moved back home to Miami for a time, but more recently embarked on a cabaret career in New York and L.A.
“Holly gave visibility long before it was comfortable to do so,” said Arcade. “And also gave thousands of people both hope and pleasure.”
Holly Woodlawn was in Room 306 when I arrived to see her today. At 3:06pm LA time, she passed away. pic.twitter.com/docl33j3iW
— Joe Dallesandro (@DallesandroJoe) December 6, 2015