Drag Race queen Cheri Valentine dies at 28

Cheri Valentine, aka George Ward
Cheri Valentine, aka George Ward (Photo: Supplied)

Drag Queen and . family of drag race uk Contestant George Ward, better known as Cheri Valentine, has announced the death of the artist.

Ward was 28.

Ward’s family said in a statement, “It is extremely heartbreaking and deeply sad to inform you that our George – Cheri Valentine – has sadly passed away.

“This will be a huge blow to most people and we understand that there is no easy way to announce this.

“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.

“We only ask for your patience and your prayers at this time.

“We love you Georgie.”

George Ward performed as Cheri Valentine
George Ward (Photo: Supplied)

Ward’s agent Emma Bunning said in an email qwerty“My heart is broken. George was a truly special person who had immense talent and a bright future ahead. He lit up a room, touched the lives of so many and few can forget his infectious laughter which I am so fond of.” I will remember.”

drag race uk Twitter account Posting a message saying, “We are saddened that Cheri has passed away. She was a kind soul who brought joy and a distinctive laugh to everyone she met. She brought flair, enthusiasm and charm to #DragRaceUK Mom, we will miss her dearly.”

Ward died on Sunday. Further details about his death have not been released.

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Ward was raised as part of the traveler community in Darlington, County Durham. She left the community at the age of 18 and qualified as a mental health nurse in 2015.

Appeared in season 2 of Ward drag race uk in 2021. After his appearance, Ward also filmed a documentary for BBC3 titled, gypsy queen and proud,

In it, Ward told about his childhood in the traveler community.

“My experience growing up as a gay man in that community really influenced my whole life.

“There is always this pressure on me to try to be perfect all the time. I have created this image of who I should be and this is not who I am deeply. The feeling of being who I don’t want to be doesn’t seem to Cherie as much as I do. ,

George in Drag Race UK season 2
George in season 2 of Drag Race UK (Photo: BBC)

filming of drag race uk Season 2 was put on hold when the Covid pandemic hit. Ward used the gap to return to nursing.

Ward told Metro at the time, “I can’t sit at home, I need to do something.

“I was finally going back [nursing]Working in a little neuro for a few months.

“It was a weird crossover because I’m obviously mental health-trained. During the pandemic, it was very physical health-focused, so it was dealing with COVID, which was a bit of a shock. I did that until we Haven’t been filming again.”

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mate drag race uk Among those paying tribute were contestants Bimini Boulash and Ginny Lemon.

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