Here's an AP obit by Marcus Franklin, published in the Boston Globe:
Willi Ninja, at 45; helped develop vogue form of dance
NEW YORK -- Dancer Willi Ninja, a star of the documentary “Paris is Burning,” who was considered the godfather of the dance form voguing and who inspired Madonna’s “Vogue” music video, died Saturday of AIDS-related illnesses at New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens, friends and relatives said. He was 45.
Voguing, which dates to gay Harlem ballrooms of the early 20th century, consists of a combination of model-like poses and creative arm, leg, and body movements.