The Drag Race neighborhood is in mourning right now, after it was introduced that Cherry Valentine, aka George Ward, the RuPaul’s Drag Race UK star, died on Sept. 18. Valentine’s expertise company issued an announcement from Ward’s household, who described their ache and sorrow after his tragic demise. “This can come as a profound shock to most individuals & we perceive there is no such thing as a straightforward approach for this to be introduced,” the assertion learn. “As his household, we’re nonetheless processing his demise and our lives won’t ever be the identical. We perceive how a lot he’s liked and what number of lives he has impressed and touched. All we ask is on your persistence and your prayers on this time. We love you Georgie.”
The 28-year-old drag queen discovered fame in season 2 of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK in December 2020, and later went on to entrance the BBC documentary Gypsy Queen & Proud. In it, she shared the difficulties of growing up queer in the Traveller community, giving a voice to a topic and those who many might not know sufficient about.
As the primary Drag Race competitor from the Romani neighborhood, Valentine made herstory. Talking about collaborating in RuPaul’s UK present, Ward mentioned: “I simply needed to go on and present wherever you come from, whoever you might be, you are able to do no matter makes you cheerful.”
Per Pink Information, Ward was additionally a qualified mental health nurse. Valentine spoke overtly concerning the significance of psychological well being, and was concerned within the vaccine effort throughout lockdown. Her stage performances and music movies – she starred featured in Charli XCX’s music video of “Good Ones” – have been an inspiration to many, additionally.
Tributes from fellow queens and World Of Surprise, the corporate behind Drag Race, have been flooding in since Ward’s passing was introduced, that are gathered right here under.