Friends mourn death of drag queen Ashley Kruiz

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An Atlanta drag queen hospitalized for days in intensive care as fellow entertainers and supporters collected donations to help her, lost her battle with pneumonia and died on Sunday, according to friends.

Shortly after 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, friends from across the country began flooding Ashley Kruiz’s Facebook page with news of her death and messages of love and prayers.

Bianca Nicole:

Love you Ashley Kruiz, you will forever be a legend. I love you so much, and will miss you!

LaNora Takie:

Sitting here is shock to hear this devastating news! Ashley was not only a good friend but a phenomenal entertainer, she will be greatly missed!

Rest in Peace my sweet sister and may Gods Speed take you safely home!

Until we meet again, LaNora Takie

Armani Devine:

Rip Ashley Kruiz. You fought the good fight now go rest with the angels. Keep the show going til we get there!

Adrienne Alexander:

What a crazy world we live in. So sad to hear of the passing of a living legend, Ashley Kruiz. We met at Miss Gay America way back in the 90’s. I will never forget her production of Ann-Margret’s “I Go To Rio…” – RIP Lovely. Do a dance for us!

Michael Jarvis:

U will be loved and missed

Christopher T. Guy:

On this Easter Sunday I am so very saddened to lose yet another wonderful being from my life. My friend & sisterAshley Kruiz left this world this afternoon to fly with the angels. I am so heart-broken over this. She was one of the best people I have ever known in my life. Please send up prayers for her family and best-friend Kasey…

DJ Arbogast:

The world lost a beautiful queen but heaven gained an amazing angel. Rest in peace my wonderful friend. I will miss you!

On Friday Brian Harmon, a longtime friend of Kruiz and fellow drag performer, said that her condition deteriorated. Earlier in the week, Harmon said doctors were unsuccessful in removing Kruiz from a ventilator.

Since at least March 18, Kruiz was hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit of Grady with what friends described as a lung infection and pneumonia. Drag performers rallied to collect donations to pay for her medical bills and expenses. Last weekend, more than $1,000 was collected at local drag shows.

Two benefits for Kruiz are also being planned — an April 3 show at Burkhart’s and an April 19 event at Eagle.

UPDATE: On Sunday, Harmon confirmed Kruiz’s death and said in a Facebook post that a memorial service is being planned.

I know I am a little delayed with my post, but so much has happened just within the 3 hour period since my Dear friend and roommate Ashley Kruiz took her last breath and is now free of any pain. The infection had taken its toll on her body and she passed with a few of her dearest family(friends) by her bedside. Thank each of you that have donated and continue to donate to help with the bills that keep coming. We are putting together a Memorial Service, and I will post the details as soon as they are finalized.

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