Sasha Sommers was a blonde bombshell with an infectious smile.
Now friends, family, and community are honoring her. The South Florida drag queen passed away last week, and her death was announced on Facebook by her friend John William Bryan Fugate.
“It is with a sad heart that I have to say my friend Sasha Sommers has passed away. She was a loving soul; she brought joy, happiness, and peace with love and kindness and understanding to many of us. May she rest in peace and may her spirit last forever in heaven.”
While her cause of death hasn’t been released, she had a history of health problems. In 2016 she had a heart attack and almost had to have a limb amputated. A friend told SFGN she never fully recovered from those issues.
Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, she moved to South Florida and became a familiar part of the community in and out of drag. In addition to memorable performances, Sommers was also in the softball league. In 2017, she talked with Hotspots! Magazine about using her platforms to make an impact.
“I have done some great things for people and our community. I have always tried to help when I can and be there for others.”
She saw her first drag show in Nashville and felt a calling. She told Hotspots that it became a profession by chance, after entering a contest. While she made an impact on fans, she told Hotspots that her fans impacted her just as much, if not more.
“The best thing to happen to me in drag would be the fact that people look up to you and admire you. Having drag fans and friends is one thing, but when there are actually people who like you and appreciate what you do, it really means a lot!”