Adrian L. Cowan, better known as Ada Buffet, died on Feb. 28 at the age of 37 in Baltimore. Three weeks earlier, Cowan was hospitalized after a fall at his fiancé’s home that caused injuries to his brain and required a ventilator. After his condition worsened, his family authorized that life support be terminated.
As the drag performer Ada Buffet, Cowan was beloved in Baltimore’s gay community. A host for numerous drag shows, Cowan provided opportunities for other performers and raised money for local charities and organizations. He also coordinated the Lady Lisa Drag Stage at Pride—a venue named after another fallen drag icon.
A benefit was held at Leon’s on March 1 that raised $1,200 to help the family pay for medical expenses. Scores of comments, photos and tributes have been accumulating on Ada Buffet’s Facebook page.