RuPaul’s Drag Race UK The Cherry Valentine star passed away at the age of 28.
The reality show contestant, who is known as George Ward outside of his drag community, also works as a mental health nurse.
Ward’s family shared the heartbreaking news on Friday morning UK time.
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“It is with the deepest heartache and deepest sadness to inform you that our George – Cherry Valentine – has tragically passed away,” the statement read.
“This will be a profound shock to most people and we understand that there is no easy way for this to be made public.”
The statement continued: “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 in time. hey. We love you Georgie. November 30, 1993 – September 18, 2022.”
Ward appeared on the British version of the popular drag racing show, finding fame in the second series.
He returned to the NHS to help during the COVID-19 pandemic when filming was forced to halt.
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Ward said in the series that his experience as a nurse “puts me in the right position to be able to understand people a little better”.
“If you’re a drag queen, you’re working with people. And to understand people, I think you go the extra mile,” he explains.
BBC Threewhere RuPaul’s Drag Race UK broadcast in the UK, also shared a statement on social media.
“We are all shocked and heartbroken to hear of the passing of George, known to many as Cherry Valentine,” said Fiona Campbell, BBC Three Chief Executive.
“A fan favorite and inspiration to so many, we are honored to be working with him at BBC Three.
“He will be greatly missed by his many fans and friends. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends at this difficult time.”
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