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Dec 31 2018
Ballroom Legend Hector Xtravaganza Dies @ 60 Comments (0)

IMG_7239_newXtravaganza house father  1993-1997 & 1999-2003. (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

He was visible in the vogueing scenes from the breatkthrough FX hit Pose just ths year, and was a consultant on the series, and now it's already time to say goodbye to Hector Xtravaganza, who died yesterday at 60.

There is no word on exactly when or how the ballroom legend, born Hector Crespo, passed away.

An announcement on the House of Xtravaganza's Facebook page posted late Sunday read:

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.

Xtravaganza said this year of his involvement with Pose:

It's the opportunity of a lifetime ... With Ryan Murphy, how am I going to say no? That’s the best decision I’ve made in my life… I wouldn’t have let this go for anything. Like my grandmother always said, if a door closes, liquify yourself and ooze your way in.

Xtravaganza, one of many subjects in Jenni Livingston's 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning to die way before his time, is remembered by all as a sweetheart and an inspiration. Tributes include: