Valentine’s Cherry unfortunately passed away.
Drag star, legally known as George Ward, died Sunday, although specifics about the cause of death are unknown at this time. The 28-year-old girl’s family explained to BBC in a statement:
“It is with the deepest and most painful sadness to inform you that our George – Cherry Valentine – has tragically passed away. This will be a profound shock to most people and we understand that there is no easy way to make this public. 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 during this time. We love you, Georgie. “
What a loss! And at such a young age.
Valentine is well known for appearing in the second season of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK back in 2020 – then they skyrocketed to stardom with their OWN TV careers, finally achieving BBC documentary, Queen of Gypsy and Pride.
Fantastic worldproduction company behind Drag racing, also shared their condolences early Friday. They posted this tribute:
– World of Wonder (@WorldOfWonder) September 23, 2022
The performer previously worked as a certified mental health nurse in 2015 before discovering their relationship to the drag scene. They define Cherry as “dark”, “gothic” and all connote “glamor”. The drag star even appeared in a music video with the singer Charli XCX.
What a solid career. George AND Cherry will be greatly missed. Rest in peace.
[Images via Cherry Valentine/Instagram & BBC Three/YouTube]