Sylvester, a popular soul-rock singer often referred to as San Francisco's Disco Queen, has died of complications from AIDS. He was 40.
The falsetto singer, who one San Francisco critic said went from "drag infamy to hit records without giving up his gowns," publicly acknowledged last month that he had the deadly disease. He died Friday.
Once an icon to San Francisco's night life, Sylvester's image changed to that of a gay man struggling against acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
He joined gay pride organizations and even appeared in a parade seated in a wheelchair because he was too weak to walk.