Ari Gold, the trailblazing LGBTQ artist who sang backing vocals for Diana Ross and Cyndi Lauper, has died of leukemia, World of Wonder Productions confirmed to Variety. He was 47. World of Wonder, the production company behind “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” worked closely with Gold on his collaborations with RuPaul.
“Ari was a queer trailblazer whose fierce independence and kind soul were an inspiration for many,” World of Wonder co-founders Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey said in a statement to Variety.
Gold is best known for the 2007 single “Where The Music Takes You.” He released seven albums over the course of his career, and his collaborations including working with Boy George, Diana Ross and Cyndi Lauper.
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