Fox News reported that Emmy Award-winning hair and make-up artist Marc Pilcher passed away at the age of 53 on Sunday. However, the circumstances surrounding his death may have some feeling surprised.
The network stated that Pilcher died of COVID-19, despite having no known underlying health complications and having been fully vaccinated against the virus.
“Deepest of hearts”
The late artist’s family addressed news of his death in a statement that was issued to Variety through his agent, Curtis Brown.
“It is with the deepest of hearts we confirm that Marc Elliot Pilcher, Academy Award Nominee and Emmy Award winning hair and makeup designer/stylist, passed away after a battle with Covid-19 on Sunday 3rd October 2021,” the statement read.
Pilcher was recalled as being a “glamorous and extravagant” artist who managed to bring “his flair and style to every design.”
The magazine noted that Pilcher is not the only person to succumb to COVID-19 despite being both fully vaccinated and having no prior health concerns.
“The news comes just three weeks after the U.K.-based stylist — who was double vaccinated and had no underlying health conditions — picked up a Creative Emmy statuette in Los Angeles for his work on the Netflix series,” it explained.
Pilcher was remembered by his collogues, including Nicola Coughlan, who plays the character of Penelope Featherington on Bridgerton.
“So heartbroken by the loss of Marc Pilcher, the brilliant and visionary Hair and Makeup designer for Bridgerton Season One,” Coughlan wrote in a tweet Monday.
She went on to recall how Pilcher “was so passionate about his work and so tremendously talented,” noting that he had “won his first Emmy award” less than a month prior to his passing.
“It’s a tragedy that he’s been taken so young when he had so much yet to do. Please also use this as a reminder that Covid is still a very real and present danger, please get vaccinated and mask up to protect yourself and others,” Coughlan continued.
“My heart goes out to his friends and family, especially to his wonderful team Lynda, Lou, Adam, Hollie, Tanya and Claire. He loved and cared for you all so much and my heart goes out to you all. Rest in Peace Marc,” she added.