Sarah Klein (AKA Sparkly Devil), internationally-known burlesque performer with the Bay Area's Hubba Hubba Revue, died over the weekend. She succumbed to injuries after the car she was riding in hit a party bus near San Francisco, in Burlingame, Sunday morning.
"One of the two people in the car was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident," the Chronicle reports. "Authorities have not released the name of the 36-year-old woman, but the executive producer of the Bay Area's Hubba Hubba Revue burlesque troupe identified her as Sarah Klein, known on stage as Sparkly Devil."
The Hubba Hubba Review, San Francisco's burlesque collective, posted the following message late Sunday evening:
Dearest Hubba Hubba Revue Friends & Family,
You've seen photos and comments and sad hints all day, but now that her family has authorized us to make this official announcement, it is with the heaviest of hearts that we tell you all that our dear Hubba-sister --the amazing, powerful, immensely loved & talented Sparkly Deville , died last night in an automobile accident.
Our grief is immeasurable, and the shock and anguish felt by our entire national & international burlesque community is already staggering. A terrible void has appeared where before there was a glittering, wonderful, irreplaceable friend & performer.
Our sadness knows no boundries, and is only tempered by the joyful memories of everything she gave us. We all love you so much, our beautiful show-sister --we do, and we always will.
Our friends at the Burlesque Hall of Fame are already making plans for fitting tributes, and we will of course memorialize our sister here, in the Bay Area, as soon as time & circumstances allow.
For now, friends, we thank you so much for your support, and ask you to take a moment today to revel in the happiness, laughter and pure, sparkling joy that Sparkly added to all of our lives.
Yours, Very Sincerely, With Love,
Ten other people were also injured in the crash. Eight passengers on the party bus had to go to the hospital to seek medical treatment. While the cause of the crash is still under investigation, authorities note that both Klein and the driver, her husband, Raul Padilla, 43, "had been drinking earlier in the evening, but their level of impairment was not immediately clear." According to CBS SF, the "Honda coupe driven by a 43-year-old Raul Padilla appears to have slammed into the center divider of Highway 101, then came to a stop facing oncoming traffic ... the front end of a party bus, with 18 people on board, hit the disabled car."
In addition to being an acclaimed performer, Klein was also a journalist. Sparkly has competed and performed at the annual Miss Exotic World Burlesque Pageant in Las Vegas, as well as four New York Burlesque Festivals, three Tease-o-Ramas, the Las Vegas Rockaround in Sin City, and more. She's talent landed her in LA Weekly, Venus magazine, Juxtapoz, Style Monte Carlo of Monaco, London's The Mirror, and CBS News This Morning. She was also featured in two episodes of the TLC reality series LA Ink. She was 36.
Below, a brief video of Ms Devil. She will be missed.