Willi Ninja’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

April 12, 1961

Death Date

Sep 2, 2006

Age of Death

45 years

Cause of Death


Place of Death

Queens, New York, United States



The dancer Willi Ninja died at the age of 45. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

Dancer and choreographer who was known for his appearance in Paris is Burning. He was also known as the godfather of voguing and became a fixture of Harlem’s drag balls. Although he did not invent voguing, he refined its movements and helped it reach fame. He died of AIDS-related heart failure at the age of 45. 

He was a self-taught dancer. 

He spent time in Washington Square Park in New York City, honing his dance skills with fellow voguers. 

He was born William Roscoe Leake in New Hyde Park, New York. He was of mixed racial ancestry. 

Madonna released her hit song “Vogue” in 1990, which helped to further the fame of the dance. Ninja took inspiration from the young Michael Jackson and from Fred Astaire.