Valencia Prime, a young transgender drag performer from Philadelphia, died on Monday, September 12, after collapsing on stage during a performance in Philadelphia’s Gayborhood. Valencia was just 25 years old at the time of her death.
The young transgender drag performer dubbed herself “Philadelphia’s Plus Size Dancing Diva,” and her sudden death has come as a shock to her family, friends, and all her loved ones. The LGBTQ community of Philadelphia is mourning the death of the 25-year-old performer from Philadelphia.
Keep reading this article to learn more about Valencia Prime, the cause of her death, and more!
How did Valencia Prime die?
According to Independent.co.uk Valencia Prime, the beloved drag performer from Philadelphia, was performing at a popular gay bar in the heart of Philadelphia’s Gayborhood on Monday, September 12 when the incident occurred.
The “Plus Size Dancing Diva from Philadelphia'” was performing at “Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar” in the Gayborhood when she suddenly collapsed on the stage mid-performance, Jeffrey Sotland, the owner of the popular gay bar, revealed.
In a social media statement, the bar said, “Today we mourn the loss of a very bright and rising star in the performance community, who was always full of love and positivity. We say goodbye to Valencia Prime but we will not forget the light you brought to the stage,” it concluded.
Valencia’s cause of death
Valencia Prime’s cause of death has not been revealed till now, and the Medical Examiner’s Office, Philadelphia, did not immediately respond to such questions. Thus, no exact information about the cause of death is available currently.
Following the sudden death of the young performer, the Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar has also announced that they are in communication with Valencia’s family for “their blessing and input” on a potential tribute show to the late drag performer.
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Tributes pour in for Valencia Prime
Following the sudden death of the beloved drag performer, Valencia Prime, social media platforms have been flooded with tribute posts for the departed soul.
Drag queen Brittany Lynn, whose real name is Ian Morrison, has also shared a tribute message for Valencia Prime. In her Facebook post, she wrote, “Valencia You will be sorely missed. You were always up for a gig or messaging me afterwards saying “good job sir.” Out & About will always be dedicated to you and all that you did for everyone. Keep twirling ma’am.”
Timaree Leigh, a sexuality educator and burlesque performer, paid tribute to the late drag performer through her Twitter handle. The tweet reads, “This community has suffered so much loss in the last few years. Valencia was a very talented and delightful person. Rest in power, babe.
One of Prime’s co-performers, drag artist Anthony Veltre, popularly known by stage name Aloe Vera, also expressed her condolences to Valencia Prime in a Facebook post.
“You are and will forever be my light. I wish I knew how to keep going without having you in my life. I wish I knew how to be inspiring to others that are hurting right now, but a piece of my soul has been taken from me and I’m struggling to pick myself up without you. I love you with everything in my heart Valencia. “Rest in power,” the post stated.
Valencia’s friend and fellow performer, Nikita Sinnn Monroe, launched a GoFundMe page on Wednesday, September 14 to assist Prime’s family in arranging the funeral expenses. Valencia Prime was a beloved face among the LGBT community of Philadelphia and will always remain alive in our hearts. We send our deepest condolences to Prime’s family, friends, and admirers. May God let Valencia’s departed soul rest in peace.
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