Well known Melbourne drag queen Pussy Willow has died.

Friends have confirmed she died of a heart attack over the weekend.

Willow was a regular host of the Friday Night Project at The GH Hotel and one of the longest performing drag MCs in Melbourne. She also performed at nightclub Love Machine on Sundays.

She was well known for her quick wit and love of Broadway show tunes.

“Even as a child I loved people like Danny la Rue, Dick Emery and Stanley Baxter. I was (and still am) obsessed with musicals and variety shows from the ’60s and ’70s. Instead of wanting to play cowboys and Indians, I wanted to be Mary Poppins or Annie,” Willow said in a past interview.

“Being gay or straight was never an issue. There was never a closet for me to come out of, I was just – me. I think I was predestined to become a drag queen.”

Willow was known to audiences at former nightclubs the Xchange and Diva Bar, and the Peel Hotel.

She admired and worked with local drag identities Paris, Kerrie Le Gore and Tabitha Turlington.

– with ALAN MAYBERRY

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