Local performer Fleur Mystique passes along some sad news:
My heart is so sad … The burlesque community lost a talented performer and super sweet person, Sparkly Deville. I had the pleasure of seeing her perform at BHoF and Teaseorama and then the honor of sharing a stage with her in April at the AlStravaganza show in Fresno. Fresno is so lucky to have had her grace the stage and see the powerful awesomeness that she was. Sparkly Deville, I am glad I had the honor of meeting you and I know you will shower glittery love down from heaven.
Sparkly Deville (also spelled Devil) was the stage name of Sarah Klein, 36, who died Sunday in a car accident. The San Francisco Bay Guardian called her the “gorgeous heroine of the new burlesque movement.” Mystique adds:
She was an internationally known burlesque performer and an inspiration to our Fresno burlesque scene. She performed here in April with our Maverick Burlesque Productions when we teamed up with Pickles Kintaro for the Weird Al Burlesque show.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Klein was killed and 10 others injured when a bus packed with partygoers hit a car that went out of control and came to rest facing the wrong way on Highway 101.