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February 16, 2021

Queer Dance Artist Ari Gold Dies at 47 — Discover the Pioneering LGBTQ Artist's Cause of Death

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Queer Dance performer Ari Goldie has reportedly died at age of 47. Find out about the former LGBTQ artist’s cause of death below as we learn more about him. 

Singer-songwriter Ari Gold has passed on after his long battle with leukemia. A Twitter user sharing the same name as him, revealed the news of his passing along with a photo of the now-late pop star.

“The beautiful, trailblazing artist Sir Ari Gold, who I met because we share a name, has died after a long battle with cancer. He reached out to me a few weeks ago to collaborate on his autobiographical art project,” the tweet read.

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On the post, a snapshot of the star posing while reaching for his black cap printed ‘Freedom’ on it. Gold wore an all-black attire with a leather shoulder shield that has spikey elements on it.

The 47-year-old posed while gazing at the camera, giving a serious look pose. Gold had on an arm sleeve matching with his entire look.

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The trailblazing eccentric dance artist died on Sunday, February 14. Twitter users commented on the post, also sharing their sadness regarding his departure.

One user thanked him, “Thanks Ari, on his behalf I thank you!" Another user wrote, “In the tribe and oh so sad much peace to all." The retweets come a day after Gold was pronounced dead.

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Following the news of his passing, social media was flooded with tributes to the late superstar. One of his dearest friends, drag queen RuPaul took to Twitter to share his devastation.

RuPaul wrote, “Lovely, Gentle man @SirAirGold. Until we meet again, dear friend. @SirAriGold Love you always, Ru,” the 60-year-old tweeted on Sunday.

The eight-time Emmy winner knew The Bronx native since 2002. Paying homage to him, he reposted their year-old conversation on his podcast, “A Kiki From the Cancer Ward.”

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Several friends of his and artists also paid homage to the superstar on social media and thanked him for his contributions to the LGBTQ community. Gold released seven albums and had his music featured on numerous television shows.

His most played track was “Where are the Music Take You” back in 2007. Recalling back to those days, actress Laverne Cox shared that he played demos for her at his apartment before he released his first album.

“My favorite memory would be when we would be at the club back in the 90's talking intersectional feminist and queer theory in a corner.”

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Cox divulged that Gold had been there for her for many moments in her life, noting that many people have come and gone, but he remained constant. “As I’ve grown and evolved, you’ve evolved with me.”

The LGBTQ advocate added that she is devastated by his passing and comforted herself by noting that he will always watch over her as he always had. Cox ended off her heartfelt note by thanking Gold for helping her become better.

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As we learn how he was a good friend from the people who knew him, we look at his background. Gold was born in 1974 and rose to fame when his career pulled off back in the 2000s.

The “Wave of You” singer’s music was featured on NBC’s “Scrubs” and ABC’s “Cougar Town.” Gold also lent his voice to cartoons in “Jem and the Holograms” and “Cabbage Patch Kids.” 

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