Plus sized drag queen, 25, dies on stage during performance at gay bar

Tributes have poured in after a plus-size drag queen collapsed and died while performing on stage.

Valencia Prime, 25, was halfway through her 'Prime Time' show at the Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar when she suddenly dropped ill on September 12.

The star, who called herself "Philadelphia’s Plus Size Dancing Diva", tragically passed away from heart disease, obesity and diabetes, according to medics.

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Emergency services rushed to the US gay bar following reports that she had become "unresponsive" during the show she was hosting.

Paramedics took her to Jefferson Hospital where she was sadly pronounced dead.

Following the tragedy, a GoFundMe was launched which has already surpassed the goal of £7000 by reaching over £12,000 ,reports Daily Mail.

Tabu has since posted a tribute to the drag queen and said: "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."

The bar has confirmed they will host an event to honour the star, which will feature performances from drag queens Aloe Vera and Asia Monroe.

Monroe told ABC Philadelphia: "I think that the Philadelphia scene will never be the same.

"She was a wonderful, loving and caring person. If you didn’t know who Valencia Prime was you hadn’t seen Philadelphia drag.

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"Paramedics were on scene and she was unresponsive."

Prime's mother, Christiana Marcus-McRae wrote on Facebook: "Twenty-five years ago, I gave birth to my 2nd child, and today, I’m making funeral arrangements."

While Democrat Rep Brian commented: "We lost a shining light in our community much too soon.

"I was shocked and so sad to hear of Valencia Prime's sudden passing. While we aren't sure what we could have done to avoid this tragedy, for now we must all check-in with our loved ones.

"You never know what someone else is truly feeling deep inside or what they may be going through.

"Rest in Power, Valencia. You will be sorely missed."

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