This morning, social media was alight with news that Frank Watson has passed away. While no cause of death or official statement has been released, socials were flooded with tributes as friends and partiers gave their flowers to the man who was widely seen as the most prolific club promoter of New York’s gay scene.
Many of the remembrances highlighted Frank’s loving nature, describing a man with a big heart who was dedicated to providing safe spaces for the queer community to party.
Frank Watson was one of the coolest party promoters of the NYC Black gay social scene. His sudden death is a huge blow to the community. That man is irreplaceable. Rest In Power, Frank!!! pic.twitter.com/HDX0GzbIX4
— The G-Listed (@theglisted) November 22, 2022
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Any party he had, if I saw him just randomly out and about, Frank showed me so much love. If me and friends at his party, he would give us shots, made sure i’m good when I first started clubbing at at Taco Tuesday.
We literally were laughing on Saturday.
This hurts 🕊 ❤️ pic.twitter.com/A1eJyWUCjp
— Uncle Johnny’s Tether ✨ (@iamtycole) November 22, 2022
Frank Watson’s personal Facebook page noted that he’s from Monticello, Arkansas, went to Monticello High School, studied Marketing at University of Arkansas and Acting at The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts.
His last posts on social media were promoting recent events at 42 D’OR, The DL and Blue Nightclub. In his personal Instagram page, he referred to himself as “Mr. Southern Charm” and showed him partying across the country in fun and festive locales.