Cherry Valentine, a solid member on the British model of RuPaul’s Drag Race, handed away on September 18, in line with an announcement launched on Friday by his household.
The fact star was 28 years outdated.
Valentine was born as George Ward, and Ward’s dad and mom have been those who broke the tragic information of their baby’s demise.
“It’s with essentially the most coronary heart wrenching and deepest disappointment to tell you that our George — Cherry Valentine — has tragically handed away,” the devastated mom and father wrote.
“This may come as a profound shock to most individuals & we perceive there isn’t a straightforward approach for this to be introduced.
“As his household, we’re nonetheless processing his demise and our lives won’t ever be the identical.
“We perceive how a lot he’s cherished and what number of lives he has impressed and touched. All we ask is to your endurance and your prayers on this time.
“We love you Georgie 30 November 1993-18 September 2022.”
Born in northeast of England, Valentine was introduced up within the traveler group, which the place he began doing drag as a baby.
“He appeared in six episodes of Ru Paul’s Drag Race (which is broadcast on BBC Three) in 2020-2021.
In his introductory video, he described the alter ego of Cherry Valentine as “the whole lot,” stating on air:
“She is glamor, she’s membership child, she’s darkish, she’s gothic.”
In a tribute to the late star, Drag Race U.Ok. produces mentioned they’re “heartbroken that Cherry has handed away,” including:
“She was a form soul who introduced pleasure and a particular chuckle to everybody she met. She introduced aptitude, verve and allure to #DragRaceUK, we’ll miss her so deeply.”
BBC Three, in the meantime, mentioned in its personal message:
“We’re devastated on the passing of George, who we knew as Cherry Valentine.”
Practically each one among Valentine’s costars from his season of the present additionally posted heartbreaking tributes on social media after the information went viral.
“completely devastated & crying as I write this,” wrote Tayce. “I needed to submit a montage of images & movies nevertheless it’s all to laborious proper now.
“”I’ve by no means misplaced a pal earlier than and it’s a numbing feeling, however my ideas, prayers and deepest condolences exit to her household and absolute nearest & dearest.
“Cherry was a power, a touchstone, one of many sweetest, kindest and caring individuals I’ve ever met. she was a degree of contact to anybody who wanted assist and impressed so many.
“Please take care of one another, test in, and don’t be afraid to ask for assist ever. you by no means know what struggles persons are going by.
“I really like you George.”
Bimini Bon Boulash honored Valentine as properly, writing:
“Puzzled. A kind of souls so pure, so uncooked, so actual. I’m extremely fortunate to have identified George and witnessed their infectious spirit. Their endurance and kindness was their superpower.
“They noticed you for you and never many individuals have that empathetic trait.”
Joe Black wrote:
“I’m in shock and never fairly positive the way to course of the information. RIP Cherry. I’ll cherish the instances we had collectively. An distinctive artist and individual. My love goes out to their family and friends and everybody who knew them.”
“Fully devastated and shook by the information about our pal Cherry,” tweeted Tia Kofi, sharing a hyperlink to a GoFundMe web page arrange in Ward’s honor.
“She was extraordinarily type, beneficiant and proficient.”
Lastly, Ginny Lemon wrote:
“I’m crying a lot and I’m additionally laughing in any respect the comfortable reminiscences. So many comfortable comfortable reminiscences, the ‘tour time portal,’ the damaged nail, and all these ‘foolish foolish women’ and I’ll always remember the 9am goodnight hug.
“Cherry my darling, I really like you a lot, my coronary heart is damaged.”