Zelda Kaplan, 95-Year-Old Gay-Nightlife Fixture, Dies In Front Row Of Fashion Show

Rest in peace: 95-year-old fashion icon and bona fide fruit fly Zelda Kaplan died in style.

Kaplan collapsed in the front row of Joanna Mastroianni’s New York Fashion Week show yesterday, according to the New York Post. She was taken to the hospital, but couldn’t be resuscitated.

The fabulous nonagenarian was known for her perpetual presence on the nightlife scene, and had close bonds with the gay club circuit.

Flamboyant designer and club kid Richie Rich told the Post: “Passing away in the front row was how it was meant to be. Zelda loves fashion, so she died for fashion. She would have wanted to go out in style. Zelda always said, ‘Live, live, live and have fun’… I hope the angels are holding her right now.”

Zelda was even photographed with Lance Bass at the opening of XL nightclub last month. At right, she poses with a club character named Gazelle.

Bless her gay-friendly heart!

Photo via FreakChic