25-year-old Philadelphia drag queen Valencia Prime collapses on stage and dies

A Philadelphia drag queen collapsed on stage mid-performance and died, sparking an outpouring of support for her family.

Valencia Prime was just 25 years old but already a fixture on the Philly drag scene when she collapsed on stage on September 12, according to local reports.

Prime identified as a trans woman and billed herself as “Philadelphia’s Plus Size Dancing Diva.” She was performing at Center City nightclub Tabu while hosting her own live showcase, Prime Time, when tragedy struck.

“We mourn the loss of a very bright and rising star in the performance community and a person who has always been full of life and positivity,” the venue posted on Instagram. “We say goodbye to Valencia Prime, but we will not forget the light you brought to the stage.”

The Philadelphia coroner listed Prime’s cause of death as heart disease and ruled the cause of death as natural causes, 6ABC reported.

A picture of Valencia Prime.

Prime was performing onstage at the Tabu nightclub in Philadelphia when she collapsed.


A social media image of Valencia Prime set to perform at Taboo nightclub.

A Philadelphia medical examiner ruled Prime’s manner of death as natural causes from heart disease.


A friend of Prime wrote on Facebook: “She was a bright and beautiful star whose unselfishness and kindness was felt by all who came into contact with her. I mourn my friend, but also the loss the gay community has suffered. She was a crucial influence.”

Taboo announced on Twitter that it will be hosting a free memorial show in honor of Prime on Monday, which the performer’s mother will be attending. A GoFundMe page has raised more than $11,000 for Valencia’s family.

https://nypost.com/2022/09/17/philly-drag-queen-valencia-prime-25-collapses-and-dies-while-onstage/ 25-year-old Philadelphia drag queen Valencia Prime collapses on stage and dies

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