The world of drag lost a luminary on Sunday night when Scott Weston, better known by his drag persona Cashetta, died in his sleep of an apparent heart attack. He was 44.
Weston's Cashetta was born in the late 1980s, when, according to an interview with Camp Rehoboth, as a teenager, he and his friends "would dress up in the craziest and most artistic outfits we could put together with bits and pieces from craft stores and each other's mother's wardrobes."
What began as a dance floor lark, emerged in the mid '90's as a professional pursuit. In a sea of legendary drag stars like Sherry Vine and Jackie Beat, Cashetta would set herself apart a unique blend of cabaret and comedy.
"My favorite memories were every 'Wigstock' (street festival) with Lady Bunny, sharpening my comic chops six nights a week at Lips restaurant and being a featured songstress at the legendary Bar d'O with Joey Arias, Raven O and Sade Pendarvis," Cashetta said.
But it was as a magician that Cashetta would make a mark in the business and lead to numerous television appearances that included stints on "The Today Show," "Conan O'Brien" and the "Outlaugh Festival - Wisecrack" on Logo with Margaret Cho.
In the early 2000s Cashetta left New York and resettled in the then burgeoning gay community of Wilton Manors, Fla., where she was a regular at Bill's Filling Stattion and the World Famous Alibi. Cashetta's summer residency at the Blue Moon in Rehoboth Beach became a staple at the mid Atlantic's gay enclave.
Talent aside, Weston was known for having one of the biggest hearts in the industry and was responsible for giving a leg up to many in the world of nightlife and entertainment.
"Cashetta befriended me when I was in college and would drive down from Westchester into the city to attend Star Search at Barracuda (in New York)," said Scott Nevins of Bravo's 'The People's Couch.' "On my last night of college/first night living in NYC she asked if I would direct her cabaret show (which featured a then budding, talented queen named Pepper Mint). The crazy experience with this show sealed our friendship and I've adored her ever since."
Weston's passing is mourned on social media by the scores of show business professionals with whom Cashetta shared a stage.
"A talented and hilarious performer and the nicest man ever," said comedian Jim David, who worked numerous gay cruises with Cashetta. "An inspiration as a performer and a human. This is such an incredibly sad day." Said multiple Grammy Award nominated singer Marty Thomas.
In a tribute to Cashetta on her Facebook page, drag artist Gusty Winds wrote: "What I am feeling right now is beyond words. Cashetta firmly believed in the "beyond", so as soon as she is done harassing Harry Houdini and Totie Fields, I know she is gonna pay me a visit."
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