Drag star Cheri Valentine, who starred in UK’s RuPaul’s Drag Race, has died on the age of 28. Ants and Arts Information

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK star George Ward, higher recognized by his stage title Cherry Valentine, has died on the age of 28, his household has introduced.

Ward appeared in a second sequence of the present earlier than beginning a TV profession and showing within the BBC documentary Gypsy Queen and Proud.

A press release from his household learn: “This can be very heartbreaking and deeply unhappy to tell you that our George – Cheri Valentine – has sadly handed away.”

The artist handed away on Sunday, together with his household saying his passing can be a “deep blow to most individuals”.

“As his household, we’re nonetheless processing his loss of life and our lives won’t ever be the identical,” the assertion continued.

“We perceive how a lot he’s cherished and what number of lives he has impressed and touched. We solely ask to your endurance and your prayers right now. We love you Georgie.”

Ward was raised in Darlington, County Durham as a part of the Traveler neighborhood and certified as a psychological well being nurse in 2015 earlier than pursuing her drag profession.

In December 2020, he was introduced as one in all 12 contestants competing within the UK version of RuPaul’s Drag RaceBy which he appeared alongside Lawrence Chane, Bimini Bon-Boulash and Veronica Inexperienced.

In his introductory video, Ward described his Cheri Valentine character as “glamour”, “darkish” and “gothic”.

“In case you’re a drag queen you are coping with individuals. And I believe you go the additional mile to make individuals perceive,” he stated.

Ward was the second contestant to be eradicated from the present after performing in Rustic and giving a runway look in entrance of visitor decide Sheridan Smith.

Following his look, Ward joined the BBC to supply a documentary exploring his traveler legacy, revisiting the neighborhood he left behind on the age of 18.

He additionally made a number of public appearances and appeared in music movies for artists comparable to Charli XCX.

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‘A real queen’ and ‘a fan favourite’

Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins was amongst these paying tribute to Ward, saying: “It is vitally unhappy to listen to that Cheri Valentine has died, aged solely 28.

“We met in June in Epsom – so lively, it is laborious to consider. Sending like to George’s household and mates, simply heartbreaking.”

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Fellow drag queen and author Glamoro, actual title Amrou Al Kadhi, stated: “Excited by the devastating information about Cherry Valentine. I can not consider it. A real queen. Peace in peace my expensive.”

Fiona Campbell, controller of BBC Three, which airs RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, described Ward as a “fan favourite” and an “inspiration”.

She stated: “We’ve had the privilege of working with him on BBC Three. He will probably be enormously missed by his many followers and mates. Our deepest sympathies are together with his household and mates at this troublesome time.”

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