Cherry Valentine, ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ star dead at 28

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” star George Ward, finest recognized by his stage title Cherry Valentine, died at age 28, his household introduced.

The performer died Sunday, however no explanation for demise is evident at this time.

Ward discovered fame after touchdown a spot within the second season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race UK” — the British model of the hit US present.

After placing his title on the map, he went on to launch a TV profession and even had his personal BBC documentary titled “Gypsy Queen and Proud.”

“It is with the most heart-wrenching and deepest sadness to inform you that our George — Cherry Valentine — has tragically passed away,” Ward’s household mentioned in a press release, in accordance with BBC.

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

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

Ward labored as a professional psychological well being nurse in 2015 earlier than discovering his love for drag.

In December 2020, Ward turned one of many 12 contestants collaborating in “RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.”

Saying his drag persona Cherry Valentine to the world, Ward mentioned she outlined “glamour” and may very well be described as “dark” and “Gothic.”

His drag persona additionally noticed him carry out with the likes of Charli XCX, with whom he appeared in a music video.

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