George Ward, better known by their stage name Cherry Valentine, was a star of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” An inquiry revealed that George Ward committed suicide. The performer’s family revealed their passing in September. Ward, a 28-year-old non-binary person who identified as they/them, was.
According to the inquiry, Ward was discovered dead in Hornsey, North London, by a friend named “Kate.” After being selected for the second season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race UK,” the British adaptation of the popular US show, Ward gained notoriety.
After becoming well-known, Ward began a career on television and even had their own BBC documentary, “Gypsy Queen and Proud.” According to reports, Ward had been “struggling” with stardom. As a result, their sleep patterns were impacted, and they experienced despair before passing away.
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According to the post-mortem study,“[Kate] stated that they seemed normal but recently noticed that they had been sleeping late and getting up late,” according to The Sun.
“The topic was a well-known drag performer, and [their friend] thinks they had trouble adjusting to their success after appearing on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race.
“[Kate] also said [Ward]’s ex-partner had recently got engaged. [The friends] would regularly chat about their struggles, but [Kate] believed that Ward’s extravagant behavior was a mask.”
“[Ward] previously suffered from depression… this is something they have battled with,” the report stated in part.
Ward left Kate, his family, and other people three pages of notes in his bedroom, the inquest heard. Ward’s bereaved family stated in a statement when they revealed their death in September, according to the BBC, “It is with the most heart-wrenching and deepest sadness to inform you that our George — Cherry Valentine — has tragically passed away,”
“This will come as a profound shock to most people and we understand there is no easy way for this to be announced. As his family, we are still processing his death and our lives will never be the same.”
Before falling in love with drag in 2015, Ward was a licensed mental health nurse. Ward joined the 12 competitors competing in “RuPaul’s Drag Race UK” in December 2020. Ward’s drag identity also allowed them to perform alongside artists like Charli XCX, with whom they shared a song video.
BREAKING: Drag queen Cherry Valentine, who appeared on the second series of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, has died at the age of 28. https://t.co/zE8EmaEuWo
— Metro (@MetroUK) September 23, 2022
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