Tributes pour in for Margarita Pracatan as Clive James Show star dies aged 89

Tributes have poured in for Cuban singer Margarita Pracatan, known for her appearance on The Clive James Show, after she died at the age of 89.

The performer’s cause of death is unknown, however her daughter Maria Gorshin told Sky News her mother died on Tuesday.

Reacting to the news, friends have shared their heartbreak on social media today, as several journalists and broadcasters remembered the star.

Sharing a photo of Pracatan at her recent birthday, a friend wrote: ‘It is will a heavy heart that I have to write this message this morning..!

‘My dear friend the lovely #MargaritaPracatan has passed away this morning and we are all totally devastated.

‘Margarita 2 weeks ago was 89 and looking fabulous… I LOVE YOU BABY. (sic)’

BBC Radio Stoke presenter Den Siegertsz also shared a photo alongside Pracatan as he posted a tribute.

He wrote: ‘So today the world lost a beautiful soul RIP Happy lady.. You were always a star x Pracatan!!!’

Broadcaster Matthew Sweet also recalled having Pracatan perform live on BBC Radio Three.

He wrote on Twitter: ‘Sorry to hear of the death of Margarita Pracatan, social media star before social media.

‘We got her live on @BBCRadio3 once, to the faint annoyance of Clive James.

‘In 2017 I saw her live in Catford & was delighted to discover she still considered the right notes unnecessary.’

The entertainer became known on Clive James’ show after he discovered her US cable TV programme in 1994 and invited her to the UK to appear on his own show.

She was known for her novelty performances on the ITV hit, and while starring on the show Pracatan performed with Boy George, serenaded Liza Minnelli, as well as Stephen Fry.

Clive once said of her music: ‘She never lets the words or melody get in her way. She is us, without the fear of failure.’

Radio DJ Martin Kelner also featured her frequently on his BBC Night Network as well as BBC Radio 2 shows.

Over her career the star became the grand marshall of Gay Pride parades, headlined London’s G.A.Y. club, toured Australia, and created a riot on the street during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

According to an obituary written by friend, promoter Chip Duckett, Pracatan lived on the Upper West Side in New York City after relocating from Cuba.

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