George Ward, best known as drag artist Cherry Valentine, has passed away. The drag artist turned 28 and rose to stardom when he appeared in season two of “RuPaul’s Drag Race UK” on the BBC.
He continued to work in television after the participation and, among other things, fronted the BBC documentary “Gypsy Queen And Proud”.
Ward’s family confirmed the death to Sky News.
– A shock
“It is with pain in our hearts and deep sorrow that we inform you that our George – Cherry Valentine – has tragically passed away”, says the family and continues:
“It will come as a huge shock to most people.”
The family explains that they are now processing the death and acknowledge that life 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 during this time. We love you Georgie,” the family concluded.
Worked as a nurse
Ward was raised in Darlington, England and worked as a nurse specializing in mental health before taking up drag.
Fiona Campbell, who runs BBC Three, the channel on which “RuPaul’s Drag Race UK” airs, has made a statement.
She describes Ward as an inspiration and a fan favourite.
– We were privileged to work with him at BBC Three. He will be greatly missed by fans and friends alike. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family and friends at this difficult time, says Campbell.
Lawrence Chaney, the winner of Ward’s season, has also taken to Instagram to pay tribute to him.