Well-known burlesque performer Sparkly Devil killed in car crash

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, May 27, 2013 17:14 EDT
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The well-known burlesque performer Sparkly Devil was killed early Sunday morning in an automobile accident.

Sarah Klein, 36, was killed in a collision with a party bus on Highway 101, south of San Francisco. Her 43-year-old husband Raul Padilla was driving southbound when they slammed into a center divider, spun around, and were hit by the bus head-on.

Padilla was hospitalized and remained in critical condition on Monday. The California Highway Patrol suspected he was driving under the influence, but toxicology tests have yet to confirm if he was intoxicated at the time of the crash. Padilla could face criminal charges.

Klein co-founded the San Francisco-based Hubba Hubba Revue. She had also appeared on various television shows.

“Our grief is immeasurable, and the shock and anguish felt by our entire national & international burlesque community is already staggering,” Hubba Hubba Revue producer Jim Sweeney wrote on Facebook. “A terrible void has appeared where before there was a glittering, wonderful, irreplaceable friend & performer.”

Sweeney said the Hubba Hubba Revue and the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas were both planning “fitting tributes” for Sparkly Devil. She was scheduled to appear at the Burlesque Hall of Fame on Thursday.

“We are saddened to announce the passing of beloved member, vet performer, founder of Legends Challenge and all-around badass, Sparkly Devil,” the burlesque museum wrote on Twitter.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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