London police to investigate death of SF legendary drag Heklina

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San Francisco is saddened by the death of longtime drag performer Heklina. 

Heklina was found dead in London, England, where the legendary drag was performing for several weeks at London’s Soho Theatre with friend Peaches Christ

London’s Metropolitan Police were called by the London Ambulance Service to report an unresponsive person. According to a police spokesperson, the person was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The death is being treated as “unexpected” and is under investigation.

An autopsy has not yet been completed to determine the cause of death as of Wednesday morning.

“I am shocked and horrified to bring this news to you,” Grannell wrote on his Facebook and Twitter accounts Monday. “I am living in a real-life nightmare so forgive me if I don’t have all the answers just now. This morning, in London, England I went to collect my dear friend Heklina, who is costarring with me in a Mommie Queerest show here, and found her dead…Heklina is not just my best friend, but a beloved icon of our community.”


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.