George Ward, a performer who starred on BBC’s RuPaul’s Drag Race UK as Cherry Valentine, has died. He was 28.
In a statement launched by his agent on Friday, Ward’s household wrote, “It’s with essentially the most coronary heart wrenching and deepest disappointment to tell you that our George — Cherry Valentine — has tragically handed away.”
“It will come as a profound shock to most individuals & we perceive there is no such thing as a simple means for this to be introduced. As his household, we’re nonetheless processing his demise and our lives won’t ever be the identical,” the assertion continued.
The household added, “We perceive how a lot he’s cherished and what number of lives he has impressed and touched. All we ask is in your persistence and your prayers on this time. We love you Georgie 30 November 1993-18 September 2022.” An official explanation for demise for Ward was not revealed.
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The BBC additionally expressed their condolences in an official statement as effectively. “We’re all shocked and heartbroken to listen to the information of the passing of George, identified to many as Cherry Valentine,” the group wrote.
“A fan favorite and an inspiration to so many, we have been privileged to have labored with him at BBC Three. He might be massively missed by his many followers and buddies,” the BBC continued. “Our deepest sympathies are along with his household and buddies at this troublesome time.”
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Ward, who was born in Darlington within the northeast space of England in what he described on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK as a “gypsy camp,” was featured in six episodes of the present’s second season in 2020, the place he first launched Cherry Valentine to followers.
“For these of you who’ve stated that I’ve not been doing drag lengthy sufficient, have a look. I have been doing it so long as I want. Cherry Valentine, she is every part. She is glamour, she’s darkish, she’s gothic,” the star stated throughout an look on the present.
Ward additionally famous that he was certified as a psychological well being nurse, explaining, “I’m not only a drag queen. I certified as a psychological well being nurse in 2015.”
“I feel it put me in the proper place to know folks a bit extra, and should you’re a drag queen you are working with folks and do not perceive folks, I feel you go the additional mile,” Ward added.
The tv star additionally expressed gratitude for being part of the fact present, stating, “I by no means thought that I’d be doing this. … To be sitting right here proper now, I really feel actually proud. Actually proud. The world is now my stage, and I will use it. That is thrilling, it offers me shivers.”