Richard kipena death, Mr. Gay Colorado 2022 passed away after medical emergency

 Richard kipena

Richard Kipena, AKA Sterling Rose passed away:  It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Richard Kipena, affectionately known as Sterling Rose. A true icon in our community, Richard’s open-hearted generosity and selfless dedication to aiding those in need have left an enduring impact. His kind spirit and countless contributions to the community go beyond what many may fathom, and as we navigate this challenging time, our hearts reach out with love to Richard’s friends and loved ones. 

Richard Kipena passed away

Richard Kipena, known to many as Mr. Gay Colorado 2022, has left an indelible mark on the lives of those around him. His impact and the love he shared resonate as a testament to the warmth he brought to countless hearts.

What happened to Richard Kipena?

Richard passed away due to a sudden medical emergency, leaving his friends, family, and the community in deep sorrow. The abruptness of his departure has created a significant emptiness that will be keenly felt by those who held him dear.

His partner shares the heartbreaking details of Richard’s last moments, recounting the distressing events that unfolded during a simple evening. The unexpected medical emergency and subsequent attempts to revive him paint a poignant picture of the fragility of life.

Trevor Sterkel said: During a casual evening watching TV, Richard’s defibrillator went off multiple times. Despite initial responsiveness, Richard’s condition worsened as he was transported to the hospital. Medical staff attempted to revive him for over 30 minutes, but unfortunately, his heart gave out.

Amidst the grief, loved ones reflect on the profound impact Richard had on their lives. His ability to inspire, uplift, and embody the true essence of love is remembered fondly by those who had the privilege of knowing him.

Who was Richard Kipena?

Richard Kipena, also known as Sterling Rose, was an iconic and beloved figure in the community. Recognized for his philanthropic endeavors, Richard was a compassionate individual who selflessly assisted those in need with an open heart. He made significant contributions to the entertainment world, showcasing remarkable vocal talents and a distinctive sense of style that drew admiration.

Described as kind-hearted, humble, and beautiful, Richard’s impact on the community went beyond what many may have realized, as he dedicated himself to making a positive difference. His enthusiastic approach to life served as an inspiration to others, encouraging them to live life to the fullest. Richard’s legacy is one of love, charm, and community service, leaving an enduring mark on those who had the privilege of knowing him.

Heartfelt Tributes for Richard Kipena: A Community Mourns

As news of Richard’s passing spreads, heartfelt condolences pour in from friends, the drag community, and beyond. The Das Haus Family expresses their deep sorrow, emphasizing Richard’s generosity, humility, and the vibrant spirit he brought to their lives.

Jessica West Bower

“My heart and mind both are so heavy and broken. Reading that one of the kindest people I know has crossed over to a higher place. Richard Kipena, my dear friend, I will truly miss you and all our laughs together. Your creativity and love for art and just life in general are beyond words. I am truly going to miss you. Rest easy, my friend. Trevor Sterkel, know that I am here for you, sister, and just a phone call away ❤️❤️❤️”

Dylan Joseph

“Tonight, I am reminded of how unfair this game of life is. How the best of people can be taken without warning and how their loved ones must endure a hell most people will never understand. Richard Kipena, may you rest in peace, and may your family be surrounded by nothing but love and compassion during the hardest of days.”

John C. Locklair

“My condolences go out to the Gay Community for losing Richard Kipena. I know he was a great entertainer, person, and friend. I hope everyone finds some kind of solace in his passing as he will be missed. Hug a human, be a good friend, and remember that tomorrow isn’t given to us.”

Ricky Braxton

“Out of Everyone in my Top 5 I competed against it’s a difference when you see someone fight for every point and to know a fraction of his Story. Y’all don’t understand the Devastation that hit me. Prayers for the family of Richard Kipena.”


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