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Friday, September 23, 2022

UPDATE: Accurate cause of death of RuPaul drag queen performer, Cherry Valentine - George Ward, revealed after being confirmed dead

Information reaching Kossyderrickent has it that Accurate cause of death of RuPaul drag queen performer, Cherry Valentine - George Ward, revealed after being confirmed dead. (Read More Here).

Drag performer George Ward, known by his stage name Cherry Valentine, has died at the age of 28, his family have announced.

Ward appeared on the second series of RuPaul's Drag Race UK and went on to front the BBC documentary Gypsy Queen And Proud.

A statement from his family described his death as a "profound shock".

Ward, who died on Sunday, was raised in Darlington, County Durham as part of the Traveller community.

He qualified as a mental health nurse in 2015, before starting his career in drag.

"It is with the most heart-wrenching and deepest sadness to inform you that our George - Cherry Valentine - has tragically passed away," Ward's family said.

"This will come as a profound shock to most people and we understand there is no easy way for this to be announced." “RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K.” contestant George Ward, who performed as Cherry Valentine, has died at the age of 28. A cause of death is still unknown.

Ward, who also worked as a mental health nurse, starred in Season 2 of the British “Drag Race” adaptation in 2021. Ward’s agent Emma Bunning confirmed the news of his death, on Sept. 18, to Variety and shared a statement from the actor’s family:

“It is with the most heart wrenching and deepest sadness to inform you that our George – Cherry Valentine – has tragically passed away,” reads the statement. “This will come as a profound shock to most people [and] we understand there is no easy way for this to be announced.

“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 is for your patience and your prayers in this time. We love you Georgie.”

Bunning added: “As his agent, it goes without saying that my heart is broken. George was a truly special person with enormous talent and a bright future ahead. He lit up a room, touched so many peoples lives and few could forget his infectious laugh which I will miss terribly.”

Ward was brought up in Darlington, County Durham, as part of the Traveller community, but left when he was 18. He discussed his upbringing and identities in the BBC documentary “Gypsy Queen and Proud,” which aired in late January.

Ward said in the documentary: “Being LGBT or being something different from the norm in the community, I think it’s so unlucky because it comes from such a traditional place. I say ‘traditional’ but it’s more binary. It’s just very binary — that’s the word. The men are the men and the women are the women and there’s no in between. But we know there’s a lot in between and a lot either side.”

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