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'Diamond Lil' dies, relatives sought

Sun 18 Aug 2013 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

Marcus Craig... Marcus Craig, the gay performer behind the feathered and be-jeweled 1970s drag character Diamond Lil, has died in Queensland, aged 73, last weekend. Craig, born David Lennard, was a staple of the Auckland Cabaret scene, most often described to the general public as a 'female impersonator.' He was a protege of club entrepreneur Phil Warren who featured Craig's outrageous Diamond Lil at his Ace of Clubs venue. He also appeared on a number of television variety shows. ...as Diamond Lil The performer suffered from ill health in recent years and was increasingly immobile. He is understood to have died from a heart condition complicated by diabetes and possibly emphysema. No next of kin have so far been located so the Queensland Coroner has appointed long-time Brisbane friend Kevin Hodges to act for Craig. The Australian authorities are hoping any of Craig's living relatives or New Zealand associates can be identified and in the first instance contact can be made through: news@gaynz.com    

Credit: GayNZ.com Daily News staff

First published: Sunday, 18th August 2013 - 8:44pm

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