RuPaul’s Drag Race Queens Pay Tribute To Cherry Valentine Following Tragic Death

After Cherry Valentine’s passing, many of her fellow competitors on RuPaul’s Drag Race have paid tribute to her.

A death announcement for the drag queen, whose real name was George Ward, was made today. Cherry, a mental health nurse for the National Health Service, competed in Season 2 of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.

Her season 2 sisters have paid tribute to her and started a vigil fund after hearing the awful news.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Queens Pay Tribute To Cherry Valentine

On her Instagram account, A’Whora wrote:  “I cannot even begin to process today’s news. I have honestly never been so heartbroken and in a state of shock so much!

“I’ve lost not only a sister but someone who for the last seven months had become my best friend who I would call and text about everything and anything!

“We had so much planned and you had so much greatness ahead, and I know your legacy and talents will forever live on.

“I love you beyond words will ever understand! I will never stop being inspired by you and will continue to gift for your voice to be heard. I love you.”

“I’m crying so much and I’m also laughing at all the happy memories,” Ginny Lemon wrote.

“So many happy memories, the ‘tour time portal’, the broken nail, and all those ‘silly girls and I’ll never forget the 9 am goodnight hug.”

Ellie Diamond sent Cherry a picture with the following message:  “I am so sad to even begin thinking about posting this! Cherry brought so much life and laughs to whatever situation!

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cherry valentine drag queen

“Always someone who was caring and loving, her laugh lightened up a room like fireworks and will forever have a cherry red place in all our hearts! I love you my sister you will be missed!”

Joe Black posted a few photos of the two of them together with the captions: “I’m in shock and not quite sure how to process the news.

“RIP Cherry. I will cherish the times we had together. An exceptional artist and person. My love goes out to their friends and family and everyone who knew them.”

On one of Joe’s Instagram Stories, Sister Sister said, “We are all going to miss you.”

Lawrence Chaney and Tia Kofi both posted their favorite Cherry photographs on Instagram Stories, and Tia also provided a link to a virtual condolence book where mourners may share their thoughts, stories, and photos.

Tayce likewise praised Cherry in a written piece, saying: “Absolutely devastated & crying as I write this… I wanted to post a montage of pictures & videos but it’s all too hard right now.

“I’ve never lost a friend before and it’s a numbing feeling, but my thoughts, prayers, and deepest condolences go out to her family and absolute nearest & dearest.

“Cherry was a force, a touchstone, one of the sweetest, kindest, and caring people I’ve ever met. She was a point of contact to anyone who needed help and inspired so many. Please look after each other, check-in, and don’t be afraid to ask for help ever. you never know what struggles people are going through. I love you, George.”

Asttina Mandella posted a cherry emoji and a loop of Cherry’s “Meet the Queens” video to her Instagram, along with a video of Cherry giggling during their time together on the show.


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Also, Bimini paid tribute on her Instagram Story, writing: “I can’t find the right words. I’m not sure they exist.

“You saw what others didn’t and showed nothing but kindness, patience, and grace. A pure soul. I’ll cherish our memories and the things you taught me. You will continue to inspire me, forever.”

In a statement released today, Cherry’s family confirmed the devastating news: “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 & 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.”

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