Cherry Valentine, ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race UK’ star, dies aged 28

George Ward, best known by his stage name Cherry Valentine he RuPaul‘s Drag race United Kingdomdied on September 18. He was 28 years old.

Ward’s agency, On the Box Talent, shared the news of his death via a statement from his family on Thursday (September 22). “It is with the most heartbreaking and deepest sadness to inform you that our George – Cherry Valentine – has tragically passed away,” read the statement on Instagram alongside a photo of Ward. “This will come as a profound shock to most people and we understand there is no easy way to announce this. 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 for is your patience and prayers at this time. We love you Georgie.”

Ward’s cause of death is still unknown to the public.

Before you perform on Drag race, Ward worked as a mental health nurse and during the COVID-19 pandemic he worked in vaccination units. The native of Darlington, England first rose to fame in the second season of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK in 2021, and while she was eliminated in the second episode, Cherry Valentine quickly became a fan favorite.

Upon hearing the news, RuPaul took to Twitter to remember Cherry as “a shining star and a lovely person.” Michelle Visage sitting with RuPaul on Drag race judging panel, also shared a heartfelt tribute on Instagram. “Cherry you beautiful soul. After watching your documentary my eyes were opened and I learned so much and I thank you for teaching me,” she wrote along with a photo of the star. “I hate, that you doubted who you were because you were perfect for me. I only wish you were here to teach me more. You were one of a kind with a laugh as big as your heart. This is truly heartbreaking. Rest in peace, superstar.”

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