“RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K.” contestant George Ward, who performed as Cherry Valentine, has died at the age of 28.
Ward, who also worked as a mental health nurse, starred in Season 2 of the British “Drag Race” adaptation in 2021. He also went on to present the BBC documentary “Gypsy Queen and Proud.”
Ward’s agent Emma Bunning confirmed the news of his death, on Sept. 18, to WmLeader and shared a statement from the actor’s family:
“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 & 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. 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.”
Bunning added: “As his agent, it goes without saying that my heart is broken. George was a truly special person with enormous talent and a bright future ahead. He lit up a room, touched so many peoples lives and few could forget his infectious laugh which I will miss terribly.”
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