A popular drag queen has died after collapsing on stage during a performance.
Valencia Prime, a well-known Philadelphia drag queen, died at Jefferson Hospital after collapsing mid-performance Monday.
Prime performed at Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar in the city’s Gayborhood. Her cause of death has not been released Friday.
Prime described herself as “Philadelphia’s Plus Size Dancing Diva” on her Instagram page. She hosted PrimeTime, and a regular performer on Tabu, Philadelphia Drag Brunch and Drag-a-Rama PHL.
She was from Delran, New Jersey, and studied at Temple University and Rowan University.
“I try to be strong and I try to be brave because you were the one who taught me how to be strong and brave,” wrote Anthony Veltre in a memorial post on Facebook. Veltre, who is also known by the stage name Aloe Vera, performed with Prime at Drag-a-Rama.
“I love you with everything in my heart Valencia. Rest with the power, said Veltre.
ONE A GoFundMe was organized by family friends to collect donations for Prime’s funeral expenses. “We would like the community to help her mother and the rest of her family give her the proper memorial we know she deserves,” organizers said.
The page has already raised over $11,000 for Prime’s family.
“Today we mourn the loss of a very bright and rising star in the performance community and a person who was always full of life and positivity,” Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar wrote on Instagram. “We say goodbye to Valencia Prime, but we will not forget the light you brought to the stage.”
Tabu also announced that they will be hosting one memorial to Prime Monday, September 19. The bar welcomes Prime’s mother, Christiana Marcus-McRae, and all proceeds and tips from the evening go directly to her family.
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