Walter Cole, known as the iconic drag queen who performed for decades as Darcelle XV, has died at 92.
Darcelle, world’s oldest working drag queen, dead at 92
Walter Cole, better known as the iconic drag queen who performed for decades as Darcelle XV and a fearless advocate for Portland’s LGBTQI community, has died at 92.
Darcelle, who died of natural causes on Thursday in Portland, Oregon, was crowned the world’s oldest working drag performer in 2016 by the Guinness Book of World Records and was regaling audiences until the end.
As a performer, Darcelle was known for hosting the longest-running drag show on the US West Coast.
Off stage, Cole, an Army veteran, championed LGBTQI rights and charitable work in Portland.