Zavion Davenport, better known as Chi Chi DeVayne, has died at age 34, Zavion’s mother Tina Davenport told CNN.
“It is with immense sadness that my family and I announce the passing of my beloved son, Zavion Michael Davenport, the famous ‘Chi Chi Devayne’,” a statement on behalf of the family said.
The statement added, “His final words to his family and fans,” Never give up! “”
Details on the cause of death were not immediately available, but Davenport posted on Instagram from the hospital and made reference to a battle with pneumonia.
DeVayne was a fan favorite on “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” competing on Season 8 and Season 3 of the show’s All-Star Edition.
On social media, host and executive producer RuPaul said, “I am heartbroken to learn of the passing of Chi Chi DeVayne. I am so grateful that we were able to experience his kind and beautiful soul. She will be sorely missed, but will never be forgotten. ”
The statement added, “May his generous and loving spirit shine upon us all. ”
World of Wonder, the production company behind the series, has also released a statement confirming the sad news.
“We are sorry to hear that Chi Chi DeVayne passed away today. Her trail spread a message of love and kindness that truly touched everyone she met, ”a statement said. “Rest in power, Chi Chi. ”
The Davenport family said in their statement that further information regarding a memorial and “the method of delivering condolences and expressions of kindness” will be provided at a later date.