George Ward, star of the British model of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” has died on the age of 28, his household stated in an announcement.
Ward, who grew to become well-known on the BBC’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race UK” below the stage identify Cherry Valentine, died on September 18, his household stated.
In an announcement launched by his agent, the household stated: “It’s with a heavy coronary heart and deep disappointment to tell you that our George – Cherie Valentine – has tragically handed away.
“This may come as a profound shock to most individuals and we perceive there is no such thing as a simple solution to announce this.
“As his household, we’re nonetheless processing his demise and our lives won’t ever be the identical.”
The assertion continued: “We perceive how a lot he was cherished and what number of lives he impressed and touched. All we ask for is your persistence and prayers throughout this time. We love you Georgie 30 November 1993-18 September 2022.”
Born in Darlington, within the northeast of England, Ward grew up within the Traveler neighborhood, the place he started doing drag as a baby.
He appeared in six episodes of the present, which aired on BBC Three throughout 2020–2021. In his intro video, he described his alter ego Cherry Valentine as “every part”: “She’s glamour, she’s membership woman, she’s darkish, she’s gothic.”
Earlier than showing on “Drag Race,” Ward labored as a psychological well being nurse. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, he labored in vaccination items.
Earlier this 12 months, Ward appeared in a BBC documentary, “Cherry Valentine: Gypsy Queen and Proud,” through which he spoke about leaving the Traveler neighborhood at age 18 after being rejected for popping out as homosexual.
In an announcement to CNN, Bunning stated of her shopper: “As his agent, it goes with out saying that I’m heartbroken. George was a real particular person with loads of expertise (and) a vivid future. He lit up a room, touched so many lives, and few can overlook his infectiousness, and I’ll miss him terribly.
Fiona Campbell, controller of BBC Three, additionally supplied her condolences. In an announcement on the BBC’s web site, she stated: “We’re all shocked to listen to of the demise of George, often known as Cherry Valentine.
“He’s a fan favourite and an inspiration to many, and we’re fortunate sufficient to work with him at BBC Three.
“He can be drastically missed by his many followers and buddies. Our deepest sympathies exit to his household and buddies at this tough time.