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Drag Race Star Cherry Valentine’s Sudden Death Shocked Fans


Drag queen George Ward, best known by his stage name Cherry Valentine, passed away on September 18, 2022. After the sad news was announced many fans took to social media to find out Cherry Valentine’s cause of death.

Valentine was born on November 30, 1993, in Darlington, England. He started performing as a drag queen in 2018. Valentine qualified as a mental health nurse in 2015, working in the NHS. He also helped with the UK’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

In December 2020, he was announced as one of twelve contestants competing in the 2nd series of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.

Drag Race Star Cherry Valentine died at 28.

Cherry stated in his Meet The Queens video interview for the 2nd series of RuPaul’s Drag Race the UK, that working as a nurse put him in the right position where he was able to understand people a bit more.

He added: “and if you’re a drag queen, you’re working with people. By understanding people, you’re going the extra mile”.

The drag queen finished 12th overall in the competition after he placed at the bottom in episode two. He was eliminated in a lip sync challenge against Tayce to the song “Memory” by singer Elaine Paige from the 1981 Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats.

In February 2022, he was to embark on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK: The Official Tour alongside the whole cast of the 2nd series of RuPaul’s Drag Race, in association with World of Wonder and promoter Voss Events.

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What’s Cherry Valentine’s Cause of Death at 28?

Cherry Valentine’s cause of death is not clear at this time. His agent Emma Bunning confirmed the sad news of his death and shared a statement from the actor’s family.

“It is with the most heart wrenching and deepest sadness to inform you that our George – Cherry Valentine – has tragically passed away,” the statement read.

“This will come as a profound shock to most people [and] 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,” Emma Bunning added.

Cherry Valentine's cause of death is not clear at this time.

“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 at this time. We love you, Georgie.”

Bunning continued: “As his agent, it goes without saying that my heart is broken. George was a truly special person with enormous talent and a bright future ahead. He lit up a room, and touched so many people’s lives and few could forget his infectious laugh which I will miss terribly.”

Cherry was a Traveller and credited the “fabulous” women in his family as the motivation for becoming a drag performer.

Valentine said: “in the Traveller community, there’s a lot of pressure on young people to marry, to settle down, to have a family and to get a job to support the family” and that when Cherry grew up, he didn’t believe that being a drag star would be a viable career.

Speaking to fellow contestant Sister, Cherry said, “Growing up [being gay] did affect me. I don’t think I was completely sane at all.”

He hoped that sharing their story would be a notable reminder that LGBTQIA+ people exist everywhere.

After the sad news of Cherry Valentine’s death was revealed, his friends and fans quickly flooded social media with condolence messages. Many fans also took to Twitter to pay touching tributes to him.

“RIP Cherry Valentine. A brilliant drag performer who did so much for this world both as a nurse and as a representation of the gypsy community. A profound loss,” Jack Rem tweeted.

Joseph Shepherd also expressed his sadness, writing; “Cherry was such a beautiful soul and that laugh was so contagious. Thanks for brightening up the world with your craft and talent. Rest in peace Cherry. Love ya.”

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