‘We are still dealing with his death and our lives will not be the same again’
Cherry Valentine, the adorable drag queen best known for her appearances in Season 2 of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, has died tragically. Cherry’s agent and his family confirmed the devastating news this morning.
Sherry Valentine, whose real name is George Ward, passed away on Sunday.
Sherry’s family issued a salute this morning. “It is with the greatest sadness and pain to inform you that George – Cherry Valentine – has tragically passed away. This will come as a profound shock to most people and we understand there is no easy way to announce this.
“As his family, we are still dealing with his death and our lives will never be the same. We understand how much he is loved and how many lives he has inspired and touched.
“All we ask is your patience and prayers at this time. We love you, Georgie. November 30, 1993 – September 18, 2022.”
Cherry Valentine was from Darlington, and despite dropping out of second place on season two of Drag Race, she quickly became a fan favorite and was the queen of fans who were desperate to see her again in the All Stars. Cherry was a qualified mental health nurse and worked tirelessly through the pandemic — in addition to being in the middle of filming for season two.
She has spoken a lot about the traveler community, and has struggled to change the perceptions people might have about where she came from while also striving to educate attitudes from this community about LGBTQ acceptance and withdrawal. Her documentary on BBC Three, Cherry Valentine: Gypsy Queen and Proud was released in January this year to acclaim. I interviewed Cherry, and she was such an amazing, smart person that the entire gay community would feel the loss. RIP cherry valentine’s day.
Watch the documentary Cherry Valentine: Gypsy Queen and Proud over here. Rest in power, Sherry Valentine.
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