George Ward, a contestant in the UK RuPaul’s Drag Race series, stage name Cherry Valentine, has passed away. He is 28 years old.
Ward died of unknown causes in September 18, according to a statement from the family obtained by The Hollywood Reporter through his agent.
“It is with deepest sadness and deepest sadness that we inform you that our George – Cherry Valentine – has passed away. This will be a Deep shock and we know it will not be easy to announce. As his family, we are still dealing with his death and our lives will never be the same,” Ward’s family said.
“We know how much he was loved and how many lives he has inspired and touched. All we ask is your patience and prayers during this time. We love you George,” the family’s The statement added.
Ward was born in November 30, 1993, grew up in Darlington, North England, and was Work as a mental health nurse. After becoming a drag queen, Ward appeared in six episodes of the second season of RuPaul’s Drag Race in the UK.
Ward also starred in
BBC 3 Documentary Cherry Valentine: Gypsy Queen and Pride director Peter Grant, Explores his early life as a British traveller. Ward eventually left that community after being rejected for coming out.