RIP Frank Watson: 'NYC won't be the same' without iconic club promoter

Eve Edwards November 23, 2022
RIP Frank Watson: 'NYC won't be the same' without iconic club promoter
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As news of Frank Watson’s death breaks, fans and friends are saying “NYC won’t be the same” without the club promoter’s presence.

This November, reports emerged that legendary NYC club promoter Frank Watson had passed away. As of yet, no cause of death has been disclosed.

Watson was last spotted out clubbing in the Big Apple over the weekend (November 20 and 21). Online reports emerged of his passing on Tuesday, November 22. TENz Magazine, who collaborated with Watson over the past four years, reported that Watson had passed on Tuesday evening.

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Frank Watson was a legendary NYC promoter

Originally hailing from Monticello, Arkansas, Frank Watson was based in New York City for the latter years of his life. Watson first moved to the Big Apple to study acting at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. He later relocated to his home state to attend the University of Arkansas. Watson graduated in the field of marketing.

Frank Watson became best known for his work as a club promoter in New York City. Blogger The G-Listed described Watson as one of the “coolest party promoters of the NYC Black gay social scene,” in light of his passing.

Watson’s presence on the party scene made him somewhat of an internet personality, as he gained a following on social media. As of publication date, Watson’s Instagram account @hesocool has over 19,800 followers.

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‘NYC won’t be the same’ without Frank Watson

As news of Frank Watson’s death breaks, a number of friends and fans have taken to the internet to pay homage to the late club promoter.

“NYC won’t be the same,” one fan tweeted in tribute.

Watson hosted events at some of New York City’s iconic venues. He used to oversee Taco Tuesdays at Jimmy’s 38 as well as many of the city’s Pride events.

“Frank Watson was an institution of Black community in NYC, he’s brought many people together in many spaces, which helped all of us amongst those challenges of acclimating to NYC life,” one Twitter user wrote.

“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… this hurts,” award-winning writer and reporter Ty Cole penned.

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    The LBGTQIA+ community are mourning the loss of two legendary club promoters, as Frank Watson passes just one year after a DC icon, Lenny Knight. Lenny Knight passed away in November 2021.

    “Nearly a year ago, we lost a prominent DC LBGT club promoter, Lenny Knight. This year, we mourn a prominent NYC promoter. RIP Frank Watson,” K.D. Jones Jr tweeted in remembrance.

    Our thoughts are with Frank Watson’s family and friends during this difficult time.

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