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Iconic Portland Drag Queen Darcelle XV Passes Away at Age 92 – Portland’s beloved drag queen, Darcelle XV, also known as Walter W Cole, has died at the age of 92 from natural causes. The news of her passing has left her friends, family, and fans heartbroken.

Long-Standing Career and Guinness World Record

Darcelle XV started her drag career in 1967 and went on to host the longest-running drag show on America’s West Coast. In 2016, she was recognized by the Guinness World Records as the oldest performing drag queen at 85 years old.


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Tributes Pour In for Darcelle XV

Darcelle XV was an integral part of Portland’s queer scene and had a huge impact on the city’s LGBTQIA+ community. Reverend Dr Chuck Currie noted that Darcelle’s life should serve as a lesson to those who try to demonize the community. Fans and fellow drag performers, including Jinkx Monsoon and Shangela, paid tribute to the icon, calling her an institution.

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Legacy of Kindness and Respect

Darcelle XV treated everyone with kindness and respect, according to fellow drag performer Tommi Rose. She entertained generations of tourists and bachelorette parties during her career at the Old Town nightclub. Despite her fame and success, Darcelle remained humble and described herself as “a man with big bushy eyebrows.” She also shared that her trademark makeup routine only took her 10 minutes to apply, despite her 51 years in the business.

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Shows at Darcelle XV Showplace to Continue

Despite the loss, shows at Darcelle XV Showplace will go on as planned, according to a statement from Darcelle XV’s family and friends. They have requested privacy and patience during this time of grief.

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