Chicago, IL —
Entertainer and pageant legend Erica Andrews passed away on March 11 in Chicago after a battle with a lung infection. She was lovingly referred to as "the most beautiful drag queen in captivity," according to the Windy City Times
Andrews won numerous pageant titles, including Miss Gay Texas USofA 1997, Miss Gay USofA 1999, Miss Texas Continental 2001, Miss Florida Continental 2004, Universal Show Queen 2004, Miss Continental 2004, Miss International Queen 2006 and Entertainer of the Year 2006.
She appeared on Tyra
, The Maury Povich Show
, the camp-horror flick Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives
and the 2006 Showtime documentary Trantasia
The outpouring was immediate on Twitter and Facebook, where a tribute page quickly gained thousands of likes.
"A Goddess just met God. I love you @EricaAndrews," performer Andrew Belli tweeted.
"I am very saddened about Erica Andrews. What a true talent, this is a huge loss," wrote performer Mimi Imfurst.
Andrews was born in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. She had recently moved from San Antonio, Texas, to Terre Haute, Ind., to be with her significant other, according to the Windy City Times
She was in her early '40s.
Read more about Andrews' history with Miss Continental and Chicago's Jim Flint on Windy City Times