Cherry Valentine Dies: ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race UK’ Entrant and Mental Health Nurse Was 28

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Cherry Valentine, one of the stars of the second season of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, died at the age of 28, his family has confirmed. He died on September 18.

In a statement to the press, the family of the drag star, whose name was George Ward, said “it is with the most heartbreaking and deepest sadness to inform you that our George – Cherry Valentine – has passed away tragically.”

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This will come as a deep shock to most people and we understand there is no easy way to announce this,” the statement said. “As his family, we are still coping with his death and our lives will never be the same. We understand how much he loves him 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.”

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Ward was best known for his performance as Cherry Valentine in the popular TBEN Three version of the American show hosted by RuPaul Charles. He also presented his own documentary, Cherry Valentine: Gypsy Queen and Proudwhich aired on TBEN Three.

Born in Darlington in 1993, he grew up in a traveler community, which he spoke openly about RuPaul’s Drag Race UK about not accepting drag in the community and, conversely, hiding his traveler background from the LGBTQ+ community.

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Valentine trained as a mental health nurse in 2015 and helped roll out the Covid-19 vaccine in 2020, keeping a video diary when the show was shut down for several months due to Covid.

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