The San Francisco drag community has been shocked to the core with the recent loss of the beloved Cookie Dough (Eddie Bell) who passed away last night due to complications from Meningitis at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco. She was 51 years old and all who loved her agree, she’s gone far too soon. There are many articles and a lot of social media talk about Cookie Dough’s affect on the Drag Community, but all the stories begin with, “I got my start at Cookie Dough’s show” and end with, “I wouldn’t be where I am now without her giving me a chance and encouraging me.”
Admittedly, we were not close with Cookie and had only a few interactions with her, but those interactions were lovely and made a lasting impression on our feelings for who seems like the drag mother of San Francisco. But we are proud to know we had the opportunity to meet her and see her perform a handful of times. We want everyone who has been affected by this terrible tragedy, especially Michael Chu, her partner of 14 years, to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
For more details on the loss, please visit SFist.com and please enjoy this video we took of Cookie Dough’s performance at Pollo Del Mar’s 4th Anniversary show of The Glamazone. May we take the torch of love and caring that Cookie Dough has now passed on to us and spread it throughout the community. Cookie would have wanted it that way.