Cherry Valentine died

Cherry Valentine from Drag Race UK season two has died, aged 28

‘We are still processing his death and our lives will never be the same’


Cherry Valentine, a beloved fan favourite drag queen known for appearing on season two of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, has tragically died. Cherry’s agent and family confirmed the devastating news this morning.

Cherry Valentine, whose real name is George Ward, died on Sunday.

Cherry’s family issued a tribute this morning. “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. We understand how much he is loved and how many lives he has inspired and touched.

“All we ask is for your patience and your prayers in this time. We love you Georgie. 30 November 1993 – 18 September 2022.”

Cherry Valentine was from Darlington, and despite leaving second on season two of Drag Race she quickly became a fan favourite and was a queen fans were desperate to see again on an All Stars. Cherry was a qualified mental health nurse and worked tirelessly through the pandemic – as well as being mid-filming for season two.

She spoke a lot about the Traveller community, and fought to change perceptions people might have about where she comes from whilst also seeking to educate attitudes from that community on LGBTQ acceptance and drag. Her BBC Three documentary, Cherry Valentine: Gypsy Queen and Proud was released in January this year to acclaim. I personally interviewed Cherry, and she was a gorgeous and intelligent person whose loss will be felt by the entire queer community. RIP Cherry Valentine.

Watch the documentary Cherry Valentine: Gypsy Queen and Proud here. Rest in power, Cherry Valentine. 

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