Philadelphia: drag queen dies after collapsing on stage during performance

Philadelphia drag queen Valencia Prime has died after collapsing on stage Monday

Philadelphia drag queen Valencia Prime died after collapsing on stage on Monday (Image: @Valencia_Prime/Facebook)

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 was playing at Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar in the city’s Gayborhood. The cause of her death was not known until Friday.

Prime described herself as “Philadelphia’s Plus Size Dancing Diva” on it Instagram page. She was the host of PrimeTime and a regular performer on Tabu, Philadelphia Drag Brunch and Drag-a-Rama PHL.

Valencia Prime

Prime was a well-known performer in drag shows around town (Image: @Valencia_Prime/Facebook)

He was originally from Delran, New Jersey and attended 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,” Anthony Veltre wrote in a memorial Facebook post. Veltre, also known by the stage name Aloe Vera, appeared with Prime at Drag-a-Rama.

“I love you with everything in my heart Valencia. Rest in power,” Veltre said.

ONE A GoFundMe was set up by family friends to raise donations for Prime’s funeral expenses. “We would love for the community to help give her mother and the rest of her family 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 posted 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 monument to Prime on Monday, September 19. The bar will welcome Prime’s mother, Christiana Marcus-McRae, and all proceeds and tips from the evening will go directly to her family.

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