Cherry Valentine death updates — RuPaul's Drag Race star dies at 28 as cause remains unknown | The Sun

RUPAUL'S Drag Race star Cherry Valentine has died at 28 years old.

The death of Cherry, whose real name is George Ward, was announced on Friday morning by his family.

In a statement, they said: “It is with the most heart wrenching and deepest sadness to inform you that our 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 for this to be announced."

George, who died on Sunday, appeared on the second series of RuPaul's Drag Race UK.

His cause of death has not yet been revealed.

Read our Cherry Valentine live blog for the latest news and updates…

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    Cherry Valentine appeared in Charli XCX music video

    In the 2022 special, called Gypsy Queen And Proud, he revisited the community he left aged 18.

    He also performed publicly and appeared in music videos by artists such as Charli XCX.

    Cherry featured in a special Halloween performance with Charli XCX for her latest single Good Ones.

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    Final post revealed

    Cherry Valentine posted a final photo on Instagram just one week ago.

    "I’m a red head now 🙂 🩸" the caption read with an image of George wearing a red jacket with red dyed hair.

    The post has since been flooded with condolences.

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    Cherry hailed as an 'inspiration'

    Meanwhile, Fiona Campbell, controller of BBC Three which broadcasts RuPaul's Drag Race UK, hailed George and Cherry as an "inspiration" to so many.

    She said: "We are all shocked and heartbroken to hear the news of the passing of George, known to many as Cherry Valentine.

    "A fan favourite and an inspiration to so many, we were privileged to have worked with him at BBC Three.

    "He will be hugely missed by his many fans and friends. Our deepest sympathies are with his family and friends at this difficult time."

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    RuPaul pays tribute to Cherry Valentine

    RuPaul paid tribute to the late Cherry Valentine on Friday.

    "She was a kind soul who brought joy and a distinctive laugh to everyone she met," the statement read.

    "She brought flair, verve and charm to #DragRaceUK, we will miss her so deeply."

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    'Glamour, dark and gothic'

    In his introductory video for the show, he described his Cherry Valentine alter-ego as "glamour", "dark" and "gothic".

    He said his work as a nurse had "put me in that right position to be able to understand people a bit more.

    "If you are a drag queen you are working with people. And to understand people I think you go the extra mile."

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    Star found fame on series two

    George, who died on Sunday, appeared on the second series of RuPaul's Drag Race UK, before launching a TV career and fronting the BBC documentary Gypsy Queen And Proud.

    He was raised in Darlington, County Durham, as part of the Traveller community and qualified as a mental health nurse in 2015, before starting his career in drag.

    In December 2020, George was announced as one of 12 contestants competing in the second series of the UK version of RuPaul's Drag Race.

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    RuPaul star dies at 28 years old

    Cherry Valentine was just 28 years old when he tragically passed away, his family has revealed.

    However, it is not yet clear how Cherry – real name George Ward – died.

    George, who died on Sunday, appeared on the second series of RuPaul's Drag Race UK, before launching a TV career and fronting the BBC documentary Gypsy Queen And Proud.

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