|K.B. Watkins/Tajma Hall |
The 44 year old, ever-portly winner of numerous pageants, including the coveted Miss Gay USofA crown, succumbed to a gripper at Evanston Hospital, April 19th.
Her many friends and fellow fan-dancers were inconsolable upon hearing the news.
Among the accolades showered upon Mr. Watkins/Ms.Hall were these (we are not making any of this up):
Said Len Patrick Leflore, 44, a nurse and friend of for almost 14 years:
"She was a great entertainer who will be deeply missed. Her legacy is going to live on because everyone looked up to her. She touched lives well beyond Chicago, all across the U.S. She was a wonderful, wonderful person, and I know she now is in heaven looking down on us knowing that she left a mark—because she absolutely did."
Longtime friend, RaShaan Houston, 40, said:
"The last time I saw Tajma Hall was Friday night at the hospital. She was sitting up in her bed, painting her face.
And it was a pageant-worthy painting...thinking about it now, I think she just wanted to paint her face one more time...she was painting her face, preparing to meet Jesus. That's a comforting thought for me."
One admirer said:
"I'm happy that she's now reunited with some of her drag sisters [in heaven],she always had class … that's why we called her the Lady Tajma Hall."
Friend, Jaida Essence Hall, 26, of Milwaukee said:
"Tajma Hall took me in and showed me the ropes, I'll always remember her laugh … and her fragrance. There was that beautiful smell that always was … Taj."
Her chosen fragrance was Clinique Happy Heart, Essence Hart said.
Nurse Leflore said his dining with Tajma almost always involved chicken wings and/or sushi.
In fact, two days before dying, when Tajma Hall was in the hospital and not supposed to eat anything, she asked Leflore to bring her sweet tea and chicken wings—and he did.
Evanston Hospital reported the cause of death of the 44 year old Watkins/Mahall as cardiac arrest.