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Valencia Prime Collapses On Stage During Her Performance; Dies At 25

After passing away unexpectedly, Valencia Prime is remembered by friends, family, and admirers as “a talented and a delightful person.”

LGBTQ people in Philadelphia are in mourning over the passing of a cherished young performer.

According to club owner Jeffrey Scotland, Valencia Prime, a 25-year-old transgender woman who performed drag and billed herself as “Philadelphia’s Plus Size Dancing Diva,” passed away on stage while performing at Tabu on Monday night.

The Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office did not immediately answer PEOPLE’s request for comment, and it is unknown what caused her death.

Tabu paid tribute to Prime in a statement shared on Instagram: “Today we mourn at the loss of a very bright and rising star in the performance community and a person who was always full of positivity. We say goodbye to Valencia Prime, but we will not forget the light you brought to the stage.”

For “their blessing and input” on a prospective tribute show, the bar stated in another post that they are in contact with Prime’s family.

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Tabu paid tribute to Prime in a statement shared on Instagram: “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. We say goodbye to Valencia Prime, but we will not forget the light you brought to the stage.”

For “their blessing and input” on a prospective tribute show, the bar stated in another post that they are in contact with Prime’s family.

Christiana Marcus-McRae, Prime’s mother, also posted the tragic news of her child’s passing on Facebook. She said that she gave birth to her second kid on April 2, 1993, at 7:58 p.m., and Today she is making funeral arrangements.

Since its Wednesday launch 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 a heavy heart that we let you all know that our sweetest Valencia Prime has passed away peacefully,” Monroe wrote with the campaign. “We would love the community to help her mother and the rest of her family give her the proper memorial we know she deserves.”

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 missed, Valencia Prime. You were always willing to perform or to message me afterwards to say, “Good job, sir.” Your service to everyone will always be remembered in Out & About. Keep twirling, ma’am.”

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