Legendary Bourbon Street performer Chris Owens died Tuesday. She was known for spending seven decades as a performer on the historic street.
Her death was confirmed by longtime publicist Kitsy Adams, who said the entertainer died of a heart attack at her St. Louis Street home.
The tragic news comes as plans were afoot for the annual Owens Easter parade, which has been postponed for two years due to the pandemic.
Owens has held the parade in New Orleans’ French Quarter every year since 1983. According to Adams, the parade will be held in Owens’ honor next week.
She was known for her endless bouts of energy and mysterious aura, as many suspect her age, which she famously kept secret.
“A woman who says her age will say anything,” she often said.
When asked about her age on Tuesday, Adams described Owens as “old enough to do what she wanted and young enough to still do it. Her age was not listed.”
Owens has been appearing less and less in recent years, but crowds still flocked to her nightclub on Bourbon Street.
“I’ve always loved to dance,” she once told the Associated Press. “That’s how it all started and that’s what keeps it going. It’s that special way your spine slips when you feel the rhythm. I was born with it.”
Born Christine Shaw in Abilene, Texas, Owens was one of 8 children. She first came to New Orleans with her older sister when she was 15.
After high school, Owens returned to town and eventually met her late husband, multimillionaire auto dealer Sol Owens. He died in 1979.
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