‘RuPaul’s Drag Race UK’ star Cherry Valentine dies at 28 !

RuPaul’s Drag Race in the UK Her family revealed that Cherry Valentine passed away at the age of 28.

Valentine, born George Ward, died on Sunday and is remembered as an ambassador for the community of Roma, Roma, and Travelers (GRT).

Cherry Valentine appears at the Pride In Manchester 2021 exhibition on August 27, 2021 in Manchester, England. The “RuPaul’s Drag Race UK” star passed away on Sunday at the age of 28.
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The cyclist’s family announced her death in a statement. “It is with deepest and deepest sadness that I 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 publicize this.”

The statement continued: “As his family, we are still treating 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.”

BBC Three, which broadcasts the reality show in the UK, released a statement that said: “We are shocked by the death of George, who we also knew as Cherry Valentine.”

BBC Three Controller Fiona Campbell added: “We are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of George, known to many as Sherry Valentine.

“He’s a fan favorite and an inspiration to so many, we’ve been privileged to work with him on BBC Three.

“He will be deeply missed by many of his fans and friends. Our deepest sympathies are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”

drag race The World of Wonder producer also released a postmortem statement.

It started by saying, “We are saddened to learn that George Ward has passed away. AKA Cherry Valentine.”

“As an artist, nurse and activist, Sherry will always be a beloved member of our group. drag race family.

“Sherry’s love and irresistible laugh touched the lives of so many. Our deepest condolences to her family and friends.”

Throne Events, which Valentine co-founded and served as company director, has created a fundraising page for the vigil and an online book of condolences where people can leave a message for the drag queen.

Valentine’s Day appeared in the second season of RuPaul’s Drag Race in the UK She was the second queen to be eliminated.

In that short amount of time, Valentine has been credited with raising awareness about the GRT community and mental health (MH) issues.

Drag Queen trained as an MH nurse in 2015 and when RuPaul’s Drag Race in the UK Forced to stop production due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Valentine decided to return to work as a nurse.

“I can’t just sit at home,” Valentine said. “I need to do something.” metro in 2021.

“I ended up going back to [nursing], Working on the nervous system for two months. It was a high-intensity neurotic for adults, so it was [treating patients with] Brain damage and brain injury.

“It was a strange crossover because I’m obviously mental health coach. During the pandemic, the focus was so much on physical health, so dealing with Covid, which was a shocker. I did that until we were back filming again.”

after championship RuPaul’s Drag Race in the UKValentine presented a documentary on BBC Three called Cherry Valentine: The proud and gypsy queen.

In the 2022 documentary, Valentine returns to the traveler community she left at the age of 18 and meets other LGBTQ GRT folks.

Valentine revealed why she wanted to make the documentary and why she was so open about her gypsy identity RuPaul’s Drag Race in the UK.

“My own experience of watching the GRT community on TV has been generally negative or stereotypical,” she said. stunned in 2022.

“When I talked about it drag racethe producers didn’t push me… I just thought, ‘Why don’t I talk about it? I have this platform and people from the community I’m from don’t usually have that.’

“I say in every interview that appearance is the most important thing, and all I want to do is just be visible to others, so I hope they feel more positive about it.”

After Valentine’s death was announced, people were quick to share their greetings on Twitter.

One fan tweeted: “Oh my gosh, what really awful about Cherry Valentine. He was someone who worked for the NHS during the pandemic, proud of his gypsy roots, and looked great doing it all. He was only 28 – what a horrible tragedy.”

Another wrote: “We are saddened to hear the news of the sudden death this morning #Dragrisoke star cherry valentine’s day Their work on the NHS during the pandemic and openness to growing as a gay in the traveling community has been inspiring.”

A third commented: “Sad on the passing of Sherry Valentine. As a fellow gypsy stranger from the UK, I was amazed to see her on TV.”

Valentine became the third star of drag race Franchise to die unexpectedly.

The first was Sahara Davenport, who participated in the second season of the American version of the show and died at the age of 27 of heart failure in 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Davenport was in a long-term relationship with Season 3 contestant Manila Luzon at the time of her death.

Chi Chi Devine died of complications from scleroderma and pneumonia in 2020 at the age of 34. The Queen of Louisiana competed in the eighth season of all stars 3 before her death.

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