The Hollywood Talks reported that Valencia Prime, a 25-year-old transgender woman who performed as a drag queen and dubbed herself “Philadelphia’s Plus Size Dancing Diva,” passed away on Monday after falling after a show at a Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia’s LGBTQ community is mourning the death of a beloved young performer.
Her cause of death is unknown, and when PEOPLE asked the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office for comment, they did not react right away.
In a statement posted to Instagram, Tabu honored Prime: “Today, we grieve the passing of a performer who was a rising star in the field and a source of constant energy and optimism. Valencia Prime is leaving, but we won’t forget the brightness you added to the stage.”
A different tweet from the bar stated that they are in contact with Prime’s family to get “their blessing and advice” on a prospective tribute show.
Christiana Marcus-McRae, Prime’s mother, also posted the tragic news of her son’s passing on Facebook. I gave birth to my second kid on April 2, 1993, at 7:58 p.m., and today I’m making funeral arrangements, she said.
Since its Wednesday debut by Prime’s friend and fellow performer Nikita Sinnn Monroe, the GoFundMe page has generated more than $10,000 to help Prime’s family with funeral expenses.
“Dearest family and friends, It is with great sadness that we inform you all of the quiet passing of our loveliest Valencia Prime “As part of the campaign, Monroe wrote. “We would love for the community to support her mother and the rest of her family in providing her with the fitting memorial that we know she deserves,” the community said.
Burlesque artist and sexuality educator Dr. Timaree Schmit paid tribute to Prime on Twitter: “In the last few years, this community has experienced a great deal of grief. Valencia Prime was a charming individual with talent. Babe, enjoy your power.”
In a Facebook tribute, drag queen Brittany Lynn penned the following: “You will be terribly missed, Valencia Prime. You were always willing to perform or to message me afterward to say, “Good job, sir.” Your service to everyone will always be remembered in Out & About. Keep spinning, please.”