Performing live in front of an audience is a dream for many entertainers, but it also comes with risks and challenges. Sometimes, the show can end in tragedy, as some performers have died on stage or shortly after their performance.Embed from Getty Images
One of the most recent cases was Valencia Prime, a 25-year-old drag queen who collapsed and died during a performance at a Philadelphia gay bar on September 13. According to her family, she had a history of cardiovascular issues and had received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. Her death shocked and saddened the local LGBTQ community, who remembered her as a talented and charismatic performer.
Another performer who died mid-performance was K.P. Shivanand, a popular singer from India who suffered a cardiac arrest while singing at a temple festival in Kerala in November 2018. He was rushed to a hospital but could not be revived. He was 48 years old and had performed more than 5,000 shows in his career.Embed from Getty Images
Some performers have died on stage due to accidents or violence. In December 2004, Dimebag Darrell Abbott, the guitarist of the metal band Damageplan, was shot and killed by a gunman who stormed the stage at a club in Columbus, Ohio. Three other people were also killed and several others were injured before the shooter was killed by a police officer.
In August 1955, Carmen Miranda, the Brazilian singer and actress known for her colorful costumes and fruit hats, collapsed while performing on “The Jimmy Durante Show”. She managed to finish the show but died of a heart attack the next morning at her home in Beverly Hills. She was 46 years old and had been suffering from exhaustion and high blood pressure.Embed from Getty Images
Performing live can be rewarding and exhilarating for entertainers, but it also requires physical and mental stamina, preparation and safety measures. Sometimes, the show can be their last curtain call.