Darcelle XV, also known as Walter Cole, passed away on Thursday, March 23, 2023, at the age of 92. As the world’s oldest working drag queen, Darcelle was widely recognized for advocating for Portland’s LGBTQ+ community for decades. Her death has left fans and admirers around the world devastated.
Drag Queen Darcelle Portland Death Cause
While the actual cause of Darcelle’s death is yet to be announced, it is believed that she died from age-related ailments. The iconic performer passed away at a hospital in Portland, where she had lived and performed for years.
A Legacy of Advocacy and Charitable Work
In addition to being a drag performer, Walter Cole was an Army veteran who later became involved in charitable work in Portland. He championed LGBTQ+ rights and used his platform to advocate for the community. In 2016, Darcelle was crowned by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest drag performer.
A Statement from the Family
Darcelle’s family released a statement confirming her passing and asking for privacy during this time of mourning. The statement read, “The family of Darcelle XV along with her cast and crew are heartbroken to announce that our beloved Darcelle (Walter W. Cole, Sr.) has died at age 92 from natural causes. We ask for privacy and patience as everyone processes and grieves in their own way and at their own pace.”
Remembering Darcelle XV
Darcelle XV was more than just an iconic drag queen. She was an advocate, a performer, and a champion of LGBTQ+ rights. Her legacy will continue to inspire generations to come, and her contributions to the Portland community will never be forgotten.
As we mourn the loss of this legendary performer, we celebrate her life and the impact she made on the world. Rest in peace, Darcelle XV.