A “BRIGHT and rising” plus-size drag queen has tragically collapsed and died in the middle of her performance.
Valencia Prime was hosting her show “Prime Time” on September 12 at a gay bar in Philadelphia when she collapsed on stage. She was 25 years old.
The medical examiner said the young artist died of heart disease and classified the manner of death as a natural cause.
Bystanders said paramedics rushed to the scene where they found Prime “unresponsive”, ABC6 reported.
She was taken to Jefferson Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Prime, who identified as a trans woman, dubbed herself “Philadelphia’s plus size dance diva” and was performing at Tabu nightclub when she sadly passed away.
“We mourn the loss of a very bright and rising star in the performance community and someone who is always full of life and positivity,” Tabu posted on Instagram.
“We say goodbye to Valencia Prime but we won’t forget the light you brought to the stage.”
The venue has scheduled a memorial show to take place on Monday evening.
They will accept donations that will go to the family.
“I don’t think the Philadelphia scene will ever be the same again,” said friend and fellow drag performer Asia Monroe.
“He was truly a wonderful, loving and caring person. If you didn’t know who Valencia Prime was, you haven’t seen Philadelphia hanging out!”
A GoFundMe page set up to raise money for the drag performer’s family has raised over $14,000.