A revered Philadelphia drag queen died Monday when she collapsed mid-performance at a gay bar.
The city’s LGBTQ community is shaken by the loss of 25-year-old Valencia Prime, who called herself “Philadelphia’s plus-size dancing diva.”
At the time of her death she was performing at Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar, which released a statement calling her “a very bright and rising star in the performance community and a person 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,” the statement concluded.
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Prime’s mother, Christiana Marcus-McRae, expressed her devastation on Facebook, writing, “25 yrs ago, April 2nd at 7:58pm, I gave birth to my 2nd child and today, I’m making funeral arrangements…”
A GoFundMe to raise money for funeral expenses has surpassed its $8,000 and has already raised over $11,000.
Messages of mourning have been pouring in across social media for Prime, who, according to NBC News, is a trans woman and originally from Delran, New Jersey,
Timaree Leigh, a dancer and sexuality educator, tweeted, “This community has suffered so much loss in the last few years. Valencia Prime was a talent and a delightful person. Rest in power, babe.”
This community has suffered so much loss in the last few years. Valencia Prime was a talent and a delightful person. Rest in power, babe. pic.twitter.com/oK9vFgpcP6
— dr timaree (@timaree_leigh) September 13, 2022
Drag performer Aloe Vera wrote, “The pain I feel right now is something I wish on no one. You are and will forever be my light. I wish I knew how to keep going without you. I wish I knew how to be inspiring too 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 off the ground without you. I love you with everything in my heart Valencia. Rest in power.”