The House of Xtravaganza announced his death in an Instagram post.
“It is with profound sadness the House of Xtravaganza family announce the passing of our beloved Grandfather Hector,” the post reads. “He was a friend to everyone he met, a source of inspiration for all who knew him, and a cornerstone of our House family.”
Steven Canals, co-creator and an executive producer of “Pose,” called Xtravaganza a “devoted friend & beloved member of the #PoseFX family.”
“He was a show consultant, but more than that, he was a loyal Abuelo to all.”
Hey @PoseOnFX fam, today Ballroom lost an Icon. #GrandfatherHectorXtravaganza was a devoted friend & a beloved member of the #PoseFX family. He was a show consultant, but more than that a loyal Abuelo to all. Keep him, his family, & friends in your prayers. #RIP pic.twitter.com/Qh762p3m7J
— Steven Canals (@StevenCanals) December 30, 2018
“Pose” star Johnny Sibilly remembered him on Twitter.
“Rest in Power Hector,” he wrote. “A true icon, kind soul and trailblazer.”
Rest In Power Hector. A true icon, kind soul and trailblazer. https://t.co/604BhOA1Zl
— JOHNNY SIBILLY (@JohnnySibilly) December 30, 2018
“The world lost a bright light today,” wrote “Pose” producer and writer Our Lady J.
Born Hector Crespo, Xtravaganza legally changed his last name and was house father of Xtravaganza from 1993-1997 and 1999-2003. He adopted the honorary title of House Grandfather after 2003. The House of Xtravaganza was notable for being the first Latino house in the primarily African-American underground ball scene in New York.
“It’s the opportunity of a lifetime,” Xtravaganza told Them of consulting for “Pose.” “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.”
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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. #grandfatherhectorxtravaganza #rip #restinpower #foreverinourhearts
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Always the party starter, and always the one to give the best advice….I met Hector 12 years ago and I will miss his shady and loveable ass lol. Rip Grandpa X. Your gifts to ballroom, and the world will live on forever 💔😢 pic.twitter.com/cvjedL65qo
— 𝕴𝖘𝖎𝖘 𝕶𝖎𝖓𝖌 (@MsIsisKing) December 30, 2018
My heart is completely broken. AN ICON!!! One class act, a teacher, a leader, a friend, A FORCE!!! I told you how much I loved you while you were here, RIP HECTOR XTRAVAGANZA, you will forever be with me!! My condolences to the #HouseOfXtravaganza Dios bendiga 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/9soepLS25m
— JJ VALENTIN (@iamjjnyc) December 30, 2018
I remember when BTS got the green light, I saw Hector on the Q train and he came up to me and we kee’kee’d about the whole thing and everything else, he was very happy for us and I’ll never forget he said “Mama when you make it, we all make it!” – HECTOR XTRAVAGANZA pic.twitter.com/uRfXqT1HUa
— JJ VALENTIN (@iamjjnyc) December 31, 2018