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George Ward loss of life: Cherry Valentine, who competed on Drag Race UK, dies aged 28

Drag performer George Ward, recognized by his stage identify Cherry Valentine, has died on the age of 28, his household have introduced.

Ward, who died on Sunday, appeared on the second collection of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, earlier than launching a TV profession and fronting the BBC documentary Gypsy Queen And Proud.

An announcement from his household mentioned: “It’s with probably the most heart-wrenching and deepest unhappiness to tell you that our George – Cherry Valentine – has tragically handed away.

Cherry Valentine in June 2022 (Steven Paston/PA)

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“It will come as a profound shock to most individuals and we perceive there is no such thing as a straightforward approach for this to be introduced.

“As his household, we’re nonetheless processing his loss of life and our lives won’t ever be the identical.

“We perceive how a lot he’s beloved and what number of lives he has impressed and touched. All we ask is to your persistence and your prayers on this time. We love you Georgie.”

Ward was raised in Darlington, County Durham as a part of the Traveller group and certified as a psychological well being nurse in 2015, earlier than beginning his profession in drag.

In December 2020, Ward was introduced as one in every of 12 contestants competing within the second collection of the UK model of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

In his introductory video for the present, he described his Cherry Valentine alter-ego as “glamour”, “darkish” and “gothic”.

He mentioned his work as a nurse had “put me in that proper place to have the ability to perceive individuals a bit extra.

“If you’re a drag queen you’re working with individuals. And to know individuals I believe you go the additional mile.”

After showing on the present, Ward joined with the BBC to supply a documentary exploring his Traveller heritage.

Within the 2022 particular, known as Gypsy Queen And Proud, he revisited the group he left aged 18.

He additionally carried out publicly and appeared in music movies by artists reminiscent of Charli XCX.

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