George Ward, better known as RuPaul’s Drag Race UK fans like Cherry Valentine, died on September 18. he was 28. A cause of death has not been announced.
“It is with the most heartbreaking and deepest sadness to inform you that our George – Cherry Valentine – has passed away tragically,” Ward’s parents said in a statement. “This will come as a big shock to most people and we understand there is no easy way to publicize this.
“As his family, we are still processing his death and our lives will never be the same,” it continued. “We understand how much he loves him and how many lives he has inspired and touched. All we ask is for your patience and your prayers at this time.”
Drag race‘s production company, World of Wonder, added in its own statement: “We are heartbroken to learn of the passing of George Ward, aka Cherry Valentine. As an artist, nurse and activist, Cherry will always be a beloved member of our Drag Remain racing family. Cherry’s love and irresistibly infectious smile touched the lives of so many. Our deepest condolences go out to her family and friends.”Read:Tom Pelphrey relationship ‘love at first sight’
Valentine appeared in season 2 of RuPaul’s Drag Race UKand was eliminated in Episode 2.