Philadelphia Drag Queen Valencia Prime dies after stage collapse

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Many in the LGBTQ+ community mourn the loss of drag queen artist Valencia Prime, who died Monday night during a live show.

The Philadelphia native, who championed herself as “Philadelphia’s Plus Size Dancing Diva,” hosted the Rush hour on display at the city’s Tabu nightclub when she fell to the floor due to complications related to heart disease, TBEN 6 Philadelphia reported.

“The Philadelphia scene will never be the same,” drag artist Asia Monroe said, according to the local news channel. “She was a really wonderful, loving and caring person.”

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Paramedics immediately arrived on the scene after Prime, who was transgender, collapsed onstage on Monday. A medical examiner attributed her death to atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, TBEN 6 reported.

Prime was well known in the Philadelphia drag scene. Though she was only 25 years old, colleagues considered her a staple and mentor to those trying to navigate the community.

“If you didn’t know who Valencia Prime was, you didn’t see Philadelphia dragging!” Monroe told TBEN 6.

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A GoFundMe page has been set up in Prime’s honor to help her family after her death.

“We’d love for the community to help her mother and the rest of her family give her the right memorial that we know she deserves,” the post reads. “As we navigate these heartbreaking times, we kindly ask that you donate money for the funeral service. Any donation can be transferred to the [GoFundMe] that was made on behalf of and with the permission of her mother and family.”

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The fundraiser received more than $13,000 early Saturday afternoon, well above its goal.

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