Drag performer George Ward, better known as the iconic Cherry Valentine, has died at the age of 28.
Ward’s family announced the sad news in a statement, saying the star died on Sunday.
So how did Cherry Valentine die? Here’s everything we know about the tragic news.
Who was Cherry Valentine?
Ward grew up in Darlington, County Durham as part of the Traveler community and qualified as a mental health nurse in 2015.
They have been announced as one of the 12 contestants competing in the British spin-off of RuPaul’s Drag Race in 2020, and have described their alter ego Cheri Valentine as “dark”, “dark” and “gothic”.
They talked about their work as a nurse and said it: “put me in a position where I could understand people a little bit more. When you’re a drag queen, you work with people. And in order to understand people, I believe that it is necessary to go the extra mile.”
After their appearance on the show, Ward made public appearances and appeared in music videos alongside the likes of Charli XCX.
It has also been reported that following their appearance on the show, George Ward has teamed up with the BBC to produce a documentary exploring their heritage as Travelers, returning to the community they left at 18.
What did George Ward’s family say?
Their family released a statement announcing the star’s death: “It is with the most painful and profound sadness that we inform you that our George – Cherry Valentine – has tragically passed away.
“This will come as a profound shock to most people and we understand that there is no easy way to announce this. As his family we are still dealing with 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 during this time. We love you Georgie.’
What is Cherie Valentine’s place on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK?
In general, Valyantina Vishnivka took 12th place. The series was won by Lawrence Cheney, with the popular Bimini Bon-Boulache and Tacy finishing second.
Casting for the second series of RuPaul’s Drag Race closed on 15 November 2019, however, production was put on hold in mid-2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The cast, including Cherie Valentine and 11 new queens, was announced on 16 December 2020 and the series finally premiered in 2021 on BBC Three.
https://www.farminglife.com/read-this/rupauls-drag-race-uk-star-george-ward-known-as-cherry-valentine-dies-aged-28-3854368 RuPaul’s Drag Race UK star Cheri Valentine has died aged 28