October 6, 2022
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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race U.Okay.’ Contestant George Ward aka Cherry Valentine Dies at 28

George Ward, who carried out as Cherry Valentine on the second season of RuPaul’s Drag Race U.Okay., has died. He was 28.

The loss of life was confirmed by Ward’s agent, Emma Bunning, who offered a press release to Variety from the drag star’s household. ‘It’s with essentially the most heart-wrenching and deepest unhappiness to tell you that our George – Cherry Valentine – has tragically handed away,” reads the assertion. “This can come as a profound shock to most individuals [and] we perceive there isn’t any simple approach for this to be introduced.”

“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 beloved and what number of lives he has impressed and touched. All we ask is in your persistence and your prayers on this time. We love you Georgie.”

A reason behind loss of life has not been revealed.

After being raised in Darlington, County Durham, as a part of the Traveller group, Ward left when he was 18 to pursue a profession as a psychological well being nurse. Following his stint on Drag Race, Ward hosted the BBC documentary Gypsy Queen And Proud, the place he opened up about rising up within the Traveller group.

“As his agent, it goes with out saying that my coronary heart is damaged,” Bunning informed Selection. “George was a really particular individual with monumental expertise and a shiny future forward. He lit up a room, touched so many peoples lives and few may neglect his infectious chortle which I’ll miss terribly.”

RuPaul additionally supplied condolences, tweeting, “So unhappy to listen to. A shiny star and a beautiful individual. @TheCValentin At all times in our hearts.”