Atlanta, GA (WGCL) -- A well-known drag queen found dead at her home in Doraville Wednesday morning.

Lateasha Shuntel drew huge crowds as she entertained customers at Blake's on 10th Street in Midtown Atlanta for nearly a decade.

"She was a superstar when she hit the stage, you couldn't take your eyes off her," said Wes Satterwhite, an employee at Blake's.

Police say they're still investigating and haven't released how she died.

Many marked her passing at Blake's Wednesday night by flowers that lined the bar where she would serve drinks. Patrons and co-workers who watched her perform tried to make sense of it all while wiping away tears.

"I saw her every week for the past four years and she was just a kind soul and nice to everyone and she will be dearly missed," said Blair Robertson.
The transgender performer wasn't just known. Some call her iconic.

"She was the first drag queen that you went to see when you came to town," said Melinda Escott, a bartender at Blake's. "A lot of people in our community don't have family. We create out own family in the gay community and she was a very important person in the Atlanta gay community."

CBS46 checked with the Doraville Police Department for information on where they're at in the investigation. They say they're not ready to release additional information until the investigation is complete.


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