‘Drag Race UK’ star Cherry Valentine has died aged 28

Ward, who rose to fame on the BBC show “RuPaul’s Drag Race UK” under the stage name Cherry Valentine, died on Sept. 18, her family said.

In a statement released by his agent, the family said: “It is with the deepest of hearts and sadness that we inform you that our George — Cherry Valentine — has tragically passed away.

“This will come as a big surprise to most people and we understand that there is no easy way to announce this.

“As his family, we are still processing his death and our lives will never be the same.”

The statement continued: “We understand how much he is loved and how many lives he has inspired and touched. Your patience and your prayers are all we ask at this time. We love you Georgie from November 30, 1993 to September 18, 2022.”

Born in Darlington in the North East of England, Ward grew up in a traveling community and took up drag at an early age.

He appeared in six episodes of the show, which airs on BBC Three in 2020-2021. In her introduction video, Cherry Valentine described her alter ego as “everything,” saying, “She’s glamorous, she’s a club kid, she’s dark, she’s goth.”

Before appearing on “Drag Race,” Ward worked as a mental health nurse. During the Covid-19 pandemic, he worked in vaccination units.

Earlier this year, Ward appeared in the BBC documentary ‘Cherry Valentine: Gypsy Queen and Proud’, where he opened up about leaving the Traveler community after being rejected for being gay at the age of 18.

In a statement released to CNN, Bunning said of his client: “As his agent, it goes without saying that I am heartbroken. George was truly a special person with tremendous talent (and) a bright future. He lit up a room. , He touched so many lives and few could forget his contagious laugh, which I will miss terribly.”

BBC Three controller Fiona Campbell also offered her condolences. In a statement on the BBC’s website, she said: “We are all shocked and heartbroken by the news of the death of George, known to many as Cherry Valentine.

“A fan favorite and an inspiration to many, we were privileged to work with him at BBC Three.

“He will be greatly missed by his many fans and friends. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.”