SF’s iconic drag Heklina found dead in London

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Longtime San Francisco drag legend and performer Heklina has reportedly died in London, according to a social media post from fellow drag Peaches Christ (aka Joshua Grannell).

Heklina and Grannell were in London together starring in “Mommie Queerest”, a “Wild drag parody” of the 1981 film, “Mommie Dearest.” 

“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,” wrote Grannell, posting from the Peaches Christ Facebook page. “I do not know her cause of death yet. I know this is shocking news and I am beyond stunned.”

“Heklina is not just my best friend, but a beloved icon of our community,” Grannell wrote. “I am a mess.”

A social media post from the London theater where “Mommie Queerest” was playing confirmed Heklina’s passing. 


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