Cherry Valentine, ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’, Star Dead at 28

Cherry Valentine, 'RuPaul's Drag Race', Star Dead at 28 1

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” star George Ward, best known by his stage name Cherry Valentine, has died aged 28, his family has announced.

The artist passed away on Sunday, but the cause of death is not yet clear at this time.

Ward rose to fame after landing a spot on the second season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race UK” – the British version of the popular American show.

After putting his name on the map, he embarked on a TV career and even had his own BBC documentary entitled ‘Gypsy Queen and Proud’.

“It is with the most heartbreaking and deepest sadness to inform you that our George – Cherry Valentine – has passed away tragically,” Ward’s family said in a statement, according to the BBC.

“This will come as a big shock to most people and we understand there is no easy way to publicize this. As his family, we are still coping with his death and our lives will never be the same.”

“We understand how much he loves him and how many lives he has inspired and touched. All we ask is for your patience and your prayers at this time. We love you Georgie,” the family added.

Ward worked as a licensed mental health nurse in 2015 before discovering his love of drag.

In December 2020, Ward became one of 12 entrants to take part in “RuPaul’s Drag Race UK”.

Ward announced his drag persona Cherry Valentine to the world, saying she defines “glamour” and can be described as “dark” and “gothic.”

His drag persona also saw him perform with Charli XCX, with whom he appeared in a music video.

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