RuPauls Drag Race star Cherry Valentine dead at 28

BREAKING: Drag queen Cherry Valentine, who appeared on the second series of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, has died at the age of 28..

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The performer, who was born George Ward, died on Sunday, a statement from their family announced, as tributes from fans and fellow stars of the show flooded social media.

‘It is with the most heart-wrenching and deepest sadness to inform you that our George – Cherry Valentine – has tragically passed away,’ the statement read.

They continued: ‘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.’

‘She was a kind soul who brought joy and a distinctive laugh to everyone she met. She brought flair, verve and charm to #DragRaceUK, we will miss her so deeply,’ the statement read.

Drag Race host RuPaul paid tribute in an emotional message on Twitter, writing: ‘So sad to hear. A bright star and a lovely person. @TheCValentine Always in our hearts.’

Fiona Campbell, BBC Three Controller, added: ‘We are all shocked and heartbroken to hear the news of the passing of George, known to many as Cherry Valentine.’

We are heartbroken that Cherry has passed away. She was a kind soul who brought joy and a distinctive laugh to everyone she met. She brought flair, verve and charm to #DragRaceUK, we will miss her so deeply. pic.twitter.com/4LG7oHaVZj

We are devastated at the passing of George, who we also knew as Cherry Valentine.Fiona Campbell, BBC Three Controller says:“We are all shocked and heartbroken to hear the news of the passing of George, known to many as Cherry Valentine.

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