Danio Frangella of Project Runway Canada Dies of Cancer at 34
Project Runway Canada contender Danio Frangella passed away on February 10, 2009. Danio had had a long battle with Leukemia and made the decision to bow out of the competition on the first episode of season 2 after developing painful ulcers on his legs.
Within that first episode, the other designers were quick to make note of Danio's obvious skill and design capability, so it was incredibly sad to see him go before he had the opportunity to produce anything on the show. Brian Bailey had exclaimed at the potential of one design, so it was unfortunate that we did not see that realized.
The following notice was published on the Project Runway Canada website:
Danio Frangella, 1974 - 2009
It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that Danio Frangella, passed away on Tuesday February 10th. Danio had a wonderful spirit and incredibly positive attitude about life, and he was a man passionate about his art and his work. We all feel blessed to have known Danio for the short period of time that we did.
Danio had extensive experience in design, studying in both Toronto and in Italy before working in association with such labels as Balenciaga and Ungaro. After seemingly conquering his battle with cancer, he was hoping to bounce back and launch his own label in Canada.
His obituary also notes his contributions to the design world:
34 years of age on February 10, 2009 after a lengthy seven year battle with cancer surrounded by his loving family. Cherished son of Riccardo & Amelia. Loving brother of Sandra and Gianni. Sadly missed by many aunts, uncles and cousins residing in Italy. Danio worked in many countries around the world. He will be fondly remembered by his colleagues for his contribution to the fashion industry through his unique artistic talents. If you so desire, donations to the charity of one’s choice would be appreciated by the family. Visitation will be Thursday 3-5 & 7-9pm and Friday 2-5 & 7-9 pm with parish prayers Friday 8 pm. Funeral service will be held Saturday at 8:45 am from Families First Funeral Home & Tribute Centre (519-969-5841) 3260 Dougall Ave. to St. Angela Merici Church for mass of Christian burial at 9:30 am. Entombment Heavenly Rest Cemetery.
Danio Frangella"There are Canadians that go abroad and work at the forefront of the fashion world and choose to come back and develop the Canadian fashion scene and not give up on it. I am one of those people."