Many in the LGBTQ+ community are mourning the loss of drag queen performer Valencia, who passed away after collapsing during a live show Monday night.
The Philadelphia native, who has called himself “Philadelphia’s Plus-size Dancing Diva”, is organizing Main time introduced at the city’s Tabu nightclub when she fell to the ground from complications related to heart disease, ABC 6 Philadelphia reported.
According to the local news agency, “The Philadelphia scene will never be the same,” said drag performer Asia Monroe, “She is truly a wonderful, loving and caring person.”
Paramedics immediately arrived on the scene after Prime, who is transgender, collapsed on stage on Monday. A medical examiner attributed her death to Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease, ABC 6 reported.
Prime is famous on the Philadelphia drag scene. Despite being only 25 years old, her peers already consider her a protagonist and mentor to those trying to navigate the community.
“If you don’t know who Valencia Prime is, you haven’t seen Philadelphia pull!” Monroe told ABC 6.
One GoFundMe page was established in Prime’s honor to help her family after her death.
“We look forward to the community helping her mother and the rest of her family give her a proper memorial that we know she deserves,” the post read. “As we get through these heartbreaking times, we kindly asked if you could raise funds for the funeral service. Any donations can be sent to [GoFundMe] created on behalf of & with permission of her mother & family. “
The fundraiser had raised more than $13,000 by early Saturday afternoon, exceeding its goal.