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Cherry Valentine, 'RuPaul's Drag Race UK' Star, Dies at 28

“This will come as a profound shock to most people and we understand there is no easy way for this to be announced. As his family, we are still processing his death and our lives will never be the same,” 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.”

Along with appearing on Drag Race, Cherry Valentine also went on to appear in the BBC documentary Gypsy Queen and Proud, which followed the young star’s journey from leaving the Gypsy community after coming out as gay, to inventing Cherry Valentine, a drag alter-ego.

George became a mental health nurse in 2015 prior to starting a career in drag. He also appeared in Charli XCX‘s music video for “Good Ones” more recently.

Our thoughts are with George Ward / Cherry Valentine‘s loved ones at this incredibly difficult time

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