RuPaul’s Drag Race star Chi Chi Devayne dies at 34 | Television

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Chi Chi DeVayne, a former RuPaul’s Drag Race competitor, has died at the age of 34.

DeVayne, born Zavion Davenport, appeared in two blockbuster reality TV series, in 2016 and 2018. After being hospitalized earlier this year with suspected kidney failure, DeVayne was readmitted with pneumonia. In a video post last week, DeVayne asked fans to “keep me in your prayers, I’ll be back soon.”

DeVayne was diagnosed with scleroderma in 2018, an autoimmune disease that causes scarring and hardening of connective tissue in the body.

A statement from DeVayne’s family described their “immense sadness” and added that “[Davenport’s] final words to family and fans [were] ‘Never give up’ “.

World of Wonder, the production company that makes Drag Race, released a statement saying they were “heartbroken” to hear the news, adding that DeVayne “was delivering a message of love and kindness that really touched everyone. she was meeting. Rest in power, Chi Chi.

Leading the tributes on Twitter, Drag Race host RuPaul said DeVayne was a “kind and beautiful soul… may her generous and loving spirit shine upon us all.”

Shea Couleé, winner of RuPaul’s latest Drag Race All Stars series, said: “I’m devastated and my stomach hurts. Wake me up when it’s all over. “

The Louisiana-born artist rose to prominence in the eighth season of Drag Race, which aired in 2016. DeVayne also appeared on the third season of All Stars.

The Drag Race franchise, a worldwide success, now has various international spinoffs, notably in Canada and Thailand. Baga Chipz, winner of the first series of the UK version of the show, said DeVayne was “so nice to me at a time when I was really down. I’m just sitting here in tears. RIP, beautiful angel. ”

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