February 8, 2004 by

Sexcilia

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Reynaldo Pagan Rivera, who transformed himself into the drag queen legend known as Sexcilia, died on Jan. 14 from complications of AIDS. He was 33.
Rivera grew up in Puerto Rico and graduated from college with a degree in fashion design. In the early 1990s, he moved to Miami, came out of the closet and delved into the drag queen scene on South Beach.
A headliner in drag shows at Warsaw and Crobar, Sexcilia was known for wearing disco-era fashions, flashy make-up and wigs and spiked high heels. On stage, Rivera impersonated many celebrities, including Cher, Eartha Kitt and Celia Cruz. One of his most famous routines involved recreating the interrogation scene from “Basic Instinct” in full monty fashion.
These performances entertained Madonna, the late Gianni Versace and thousands of SoBe revelers. Sexcilia also appeared in the film, “Let’s Talk About Sex,” directed by Troy Beyer.

2 Responses to Sexcilia

  1. Suzette Palou

    Baby you are always in my heart. We both had very tough times at the same time. While you were in bed I was struggling with epilepsy. There were many things that I couldn’t remember after each seizure but I never forgot you my love. NEVER EVER!!!!!!!
    I LOVE YOU AND YOU KNOW WE WILL MEET AGAIN, THAT’S A PROMISE. NOW YOU HAVE TURNED INTO MY GUARDIAN ANGEL

  2. Nadjah y Norma (Commonwealth)

    Suzette, so very, very sorry for your loss… Sorry to find you through such sad circumstances, but we’re soo happy to finally find you again! Please contact us ASAP. We would love to reconnect with you after all this time! Un beso y te queremos mucho!
    Norma y Nadjah (norma@execs.com)

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