‘A completely out of this world talent’ (Picture: BBC)
Tributes have come pouring in following the news that George Ward, who competed on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series 2 as Cherry Valentine, has died aged 28.
The drag artist’s family announced the news in a statement, saying: ‘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.’
BBC Three, the channel that airs Drag Race UK, shared a tribute to the late performer, which read: ‘We are devastated at the passing of George, who we also knew as Cherry Valentine.’
Fiona Campbell, BBC Three Controller also said: ‘We are all shocked and heartbroken to hear the news of the passing of George, known to many as Cherry Valentine.
‘A fan favourite and an inspiration to so many, we were privileged to have worked with him at BBC Three.
Devastated fans have been paying tribute (Picture: thecherryvalentine/Instagram/BBC)
‘He will be hugely missed by his many fans and friends. Our deepest sympathies are with his family and friends at this difficult time.’
Cheryl Hole, who competed Drag Race UK series one, wrote on Twitter: ‘I never thought I’d have to write something like this about such a talented and beautiful person that was Cherry.
‘We have lost an incredible queen and I’m honestly devastated! RIP @TheCValentine I LOVE YOU.’
Ellie Diamond, who was in the series two cast alongside Cherry, tweeted: ‘I’m in shock at the news and the passing of my dear sister cherry! Love you sister! Xx.’
More to follow.
Source:: Metro – Entertainment