A man described as “a popular and well-loved member of Seattle’s LGBTQ community and Capitol Hill” died Saturday night of an apparent drug overdose inside a Bellevue Ct E apartment. Scott Kalina, 34, will be remembered Sunday at a memorial performance at The Grill on Broadway:
The death of Scott Kalina this past weekend shocked Capitol Hill and Seattle’s LGBTQ community. To remember Scott and honor his memory, many of Scott’s friends and family members are planning memorials that will allow everyone to not only pay their respects to the man and his life, but to also raise awareness about the dangers of addiction in our community. The first announced memorial will be held this coming Sunday, July 29, 2012 at The Grill on Broadway during the weekly “Mimosas with Mama”.
According to Seattle Fire, crews responded to the apartment just after 10p Saturday night to a report that a 34-year-old man was not breathing and that people at the scene were attempting to give him CPR. Medics arrived and continued the resuscitation effort but the man was declared dead at the scene. SPD is investigating the death as a drug overdose. The King County Medical Examiner confirmed Kalina’s death and said toxicology reports won’t be complete for several weeks.
Kalina’s Facebook page is filled with tributes and heartfelt messages for the heavily tattooed 34-year-old. According to his biographic information, Kalina worked at downtown’s Von’s RoastHouse and was a Seattle native who graduated from SeaTac’s Tyee High School.
Brian Daniel Peters, who performs as Mama Tits and is organizing Sunday’s memorial benefit, says his friend was connected to many lives and made the world — and Capitol Hill — a better place.
“Scott was a magical man. People who met him once were affected by him. All he wanted to do was live life to the fullest. All he wanted people to do was live life to the fullest,” Peters said.
Peters said Kalina was a regular of the LGBTQ scene on Capitol Hill who used to go-go at R Place and could often be found at Re-Bar on Sunday nights.
Kalina, Peters said, was ”a piece of the soul of Capitol Hill.”
With his death, Peters said there needs to be more awareness about addiction and getting involved when friends struggle. ”We need to have the balls to call them out on it and have to have the balls to help them,” Peters said.