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‘Drag Race’ stars Mourn Cherry Valentine, who has died at the age of 28

The stars and artists of the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” franchise are paying tribute to artist Cherry Valentine, a “RuPaul’s Drag Race UK” contestant who died Sunday at the age of 28.

Valentine, whose real name is George Ward, gained popularity competing in the second season of the spin-off series, where she was eliminated in the second episode. Ward’s publicist confirmed to The Times that he died on September 18. The cause of death was not confirmed.

“It is with the deepest and heartbreaking sadness to inform you that our George, Cherry Valentine, has tragically passed away. This will be a profound shock to most people and we understand there is no easy way to announce it,” her family said in a statement provided to The Times. “As his family, we are still processing his death and our lives will never be the same. We understand how much they love him and how many lives he has inspired and touched.”

In January 2021, Cherry Valentine walked into the “RuPaul’s Drag Race UK” workroom and immediately made a queen laugh. As he made her grand entrance, Valentine hit her elaborate knocked against a door frame and nearly knocked him down.

“Roses are red and violets are blue, here is the winner of season 2,” he said after ignoring the mishap.

Before debuting on “Drag Race UK,” the Darlington artist described Cherry Valentine like “glamour, it’s club kid, it’s dark, it’s goth.” In addition to being a drag performer, Ward took pride in his work as a mental health nurse.

“I think it’s put me in the right position to be able to understand people a little bit more, and if you’re a drag queen, you’re working with people, and to understand people I think you go the extra mile,” she said. he said he as Valentine.

The official “Drag Race UK” Twitter account remembered Valentine as a “kind soul who brought joy and a distinctive laugh to everyone he met”.

“She brought style, enthusiasm and charm to #DragRaceUK, she will be sorely missed.” the show tweeted.

RuPaul Drag Icon remembered valentine as a “shining star and a lovely person,” while inaugural “Drag Race UK” winner Vivienne he said he was speechless.

“Drag Race UK” season 2 Miss Congeniality winner Bimini said Valentine was “one of those souls so pure, so raw, so real.”

“I am incredibly lucky to have met George and to have witnessed his contagious spirit,” she tweeted. “His patience and kindness was his superpower. They saw you for you and not many people have that empathic trait. my heart.”

Check out more tributes from the “Drag Race” community below.

“As an artist, a nurse and an activist, Cherry will always remain a beloved member of our Drag Race family.” wrote “Drag Race” producer World of Wonder. “Cherry’s love and irresistibly contagious laugh touched the lives of so many.”

Winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 2” alaska tweeted, “My heart is breaking over the loss of one of our sisters… We will miss you Cherry Valentine… I am sending so much love to her family and loved ones today…”


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