Fans and celebrities took to Twitter to mourn the loss of LGBTQ and Latino icon Walter Mercado, who died Saturday.
Stars and fans of the late Puerto Rican astrologer and television personality Walter Mercado took to Twitter on Sunday morning to mourn the LGBTQ and Latino icon.
Mercado, who never publicly stated his sexuality, was an icon in the gay community for never conforming to traditional gender roles and challenging Latin America’s conservative television culture.
In an emotional thread, comedian Gabe Gonzalez shared his personal connection to the astrologer, who died Saturday of kidney failure.
It's hard to explain what Walter Mercado meant to so many of us. He was a weekly staple in my home because my grandma loved him -- but he also brought a sense of camp and magic to TV that felt lacking in my life as a young queer person.— Gabe Gonzalez (@gaybonez) November 3, 2019
“He was weird and beautiful and eccentric and dressed in extravagant capes I’d try to imitate using my grandmother’s sheets,” said Gonzalez in a tweet. “He defined everything I’d been taught about how I ‘should’ act as a Puerto Rican man.”
“He never identified as queer, but it felt like he refused to be constrained by gender norms and antiquated ideas of masculinity,” he continued. “When an interviewer once asked his age, Walter Mercado responded ‘Soy ageless.’ Ageless never dies, bebé.”
“Orange Is the New Black” actress Dascha Polanco also tweeted about the fallen star, lamenting the fact that she’d never had a chance to meet him.
The Kid Mero, one half of the comedy duo Desus & Mero, also shared the news on social media, saying he watched Mercado “my entire life.”
REST IN PEACE TO THE PUERTO RICAN GOD THE BEST ASTROLOGER EVER WALTER MERCADO.— MR. HAN SOME (@ActionBronson) November 3, 2019
In their remembrances, several fans shared Mercado’s signature catchphrase “Above all, lots and lots of love.”
Devastating. Walter Mercado brought families together every evening with his horoscopes. We connected across generations through him. A legend. A great one. May his message resonate with us always: Paz mucha paz pero sobre todo mucho mucho mucho amor.— Amanda Alcántara (@YoSoy_Amanda) November 3, 2019
Rest In Peace.
Walter Mercado’s epic entrance to his 2019 exhibit👇🏽 He was something rare for U.S. Latinos — an icon families watched for decades. He was beyond gender conformity and wore capes because he damn well pleased. He signed off every time wishing peace y mucho, mucho amor. What a guy. https://t.co/Tx1I64hrau— Adrian Carrasquillo (@Carrasquillo) November 3, 2019
Descansa en paz Walter Mercado.🖤 Siempre recordaré los años que trabajamos juntos, tu dulzura, tu conexión con el Universo, tus capas y sobretodo te recordare de la manera en que vivías...”con mucha paz pero sobretodo con mucho, mucho amorrrrrr”. pic.twitter.com/ujEGRxG6Fu— Maria Celeste (@MariaCeleste) November 3, 2019