Former RuPaul’s Drag Race UK contestant, George Ward, known as Cherry Valentine, has died aged 28.George Ward, 28-year-old British drag performer, better known as Cherry Valentine died on Sunday, his family said in a statement.
“This will come as a profound shock to many people, and we understand that there is no easy way to announce it,” the statement continued, which did not specify the cause of the young man’s death.
George Ward had participated in season 2 of the British version of RuPaul’s Drag Race, airing from December 2020, being among the show’s 12 contestants. A competition won by Lawrence Chaney.
Growing up in Durham, a county in the northeast of England, within the community of travelers, George Ward had also produced a documentary on BBC Three – the channel which broadcasts Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK -, entitled Cherry Valentine: Gipsy Queen and proud (Cherry Valentine: gypsy queen and proud).
He hoped, through this very personal documentary, to change the perception of young homosexuals in the Traveler community.
“Being a drag performer is about self-expression, it’s confidence, it’s power. It’s throwing a big middle finger at this binary world, it’s going from black and white to color”.
George Ward, who had created this drag alter ego, Cherry Valentine, described as “dark”, “gothic” and “glamorous”, also worked as a psychiatric nurse.
“Drag is my passion and my dream, but I love being a nurse, it’s something I will always do,” he said on Ru Paul’s show.
At the heart of the Covid pandemic, when the filming of the show had been suspended, George Ward had joined a vaccination center in Manchester to make his contribution.
Original article published on BFMTV.com
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