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‘The dark side of Purple’ – David Lloyd Wilkie, better known as Adam Purple

By Lincoln Anderson
The Villager
Dec 31, 2015


She posted the video of the performance for public view on YouTube on Sept. 12.[“Coming Out” by Camille] Two days later, Purple was biking across the Williamsburg Bridge when he suddenly collapsed and died of a heart attack. He was 84.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner gave his cause of death as heart disease — specifically, hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

The Villager broke the news of Purple’s death in an article on Sept. 15. The report noted that Purple’s friends in New York City were having a hard time locating his family members to deal with the burial and other affairs.

“We’re here! We do exist!” the woman announced when she called The Villager after having read the article a day after its publication. But she soon revealed details of her painful experience of being abused by Purple, abuse she said that was shared by her younger sister and two stepsisters.

Read the complete article here.