Darcelle XV, Portland's drag queen superstar, dead at 92

Darcelle launched the iconic drag cabaret “Darcelle XV Showplace” in downtown Portland after buying the building in 1967, opening doors for the LGBTQ community.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Walter W. Cole, Sr., renowned throughout Portland and beyond under the stage name “Darcelle XV,” has died at the age of 92. Darcelle’s drag cabaret, the Darcelle XV Showplace, broke the news Thursday evening.

“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,” the club posted on Facebook. “We ask for privacy and patience as everyone processes

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