Drag Queen, Artist, Nurse, Cherry Valentine Taken From Us Far Too Soon


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Instinct Magazine is heartbroken learning about the death of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK star Cherry Valentine. The 28-year-old passed away suddenly on Sunday, September 17th. The tragic passing was confirmed in a statement released by Valentine’s, whose real name is George Ward, family:

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

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Details are scarce at this time but what we do know is that Valentine’s death is a huge loss to the community. Ward, the first ever queen of Romany descent to appear on the franchise, also worked in the mental health field and was actively involved in activism in the queer community. According to Pink News, “when the second series of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK was halted because of the coronavirus pandemic, Ward went back to nursing because they felt it was important “to be doing something”.

Tributes have been pouring in across social media. 

In their statement, the family asks for privacy and acknowledges how much Valentine was loved and adored by fans,

“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.”






Sources: Pink News


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