One of the last remaining cast members of Paris Is Burning, Hector Xtravaganza has died at the age of 60.

Hector Xtravaganza has sadly passed away at the age of 60. His death was announced on the House of Xtravaganza’s facebook page last night.


In a message on the page he was described as a “corner stone” of the family house.

“It is with profound sadness the House of Xtravaganza family announce the passing of our beloved Grandfather Hector.

“He was a friend to everyone he met, a source of inspiration for all who knew him, and a cornerstone of our House family. Arrangements for a celebration of Hector’s life will be shared in the coming days.’


Hector who was a dancer and AIDS activist, was a founding member of the House of Xtravaganza since its formation in 1982. It became the first Latino house in the New York ballroom scene. He served the house twice as its father.

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He was best known for his uncredited role in Paris Is Burning and for 2018’s hit series, Pose, in which he played himself.


No cause of death has been released.

Xtravaganza tragedy

The house has suffered anumber of tragedies, the first was when Venus Xtravaganza was killed before the end of filming and release of Paris Is Burning.

Her body was discovered under a bed at the Duchess Hotel in New York according to her House mother Angie Xtravaganza. She had been strangled. Her body was discovered four days after her death. Her killer has never been found and her death remains an open, unsolved crime. According to the New York Post, New York has about 9000 unsolved murders since 1985.

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Then in 1993 Angie Xtravaganza died three years after the film’s release. She was a founding member of the House of Xtravaganza and house mother to Venus Xtravaganza. She died at the age of 28 from an AIDS-related liver disease.


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