US drag star Sahara Davenport reported to have died

Contestant on Ru Paul's Drag Show is believed to have died last night, though some claim it is a rumor

US drag star Sahara Davenport reported to have died
02 October 2012

Tributes have been pouring in after reports that US drag queen Sahara Davenport has died.

The 27-year-old star of Ru Paul’s Drag Race is believed to have died last night (1 October), though no official details have been released.

Her partner Manila Luzon, who was also a contestant on the hit reality TV show, has yet to react to the news on social networking sites, but judge on the US program Michelle Visage confirmed the news on Twitter.

‘It’s true and I have no words. Have to sign off for now kids, can’t handle this,’ she tweeted.

Members of the drag community and hundreds of fans have also been offering their condolences on Twitter and Facebook.

Fellow Ru Paul’s Drag Race star Jujubee posted on Twitter: ‘A beautiful angel has been added to Heaven. Rest in peace my sweet friend. We will miss you, Sarah Davenport.’

While recording artist, actor and friend of Davenport, Lovari, tweeted: ‘I am shocked over the death of @SaharaDavenport. Sahara, you were always so supportive to me. I am honored to have known you. God Bless you.’

Similar tributes are also flooding Davenport’s Facebook page.

Justin Nichols wrote: ‘Such an inspiration to the gay community. What a wonderful person, who was very talented and humble. She loved her fans. Rest In Peace Sahara Davenport! You will be missed greatly. Love and prayers to family and friends.’

However, a lack of information about the drag queen’s death has led some to speculate that it’s nothing more than a rumor.

The Guardian Express website claims reports of her death are ‘erroneous’ and a lack of evidence indicates that it is a hoax.

The news source also claims that the Twitter account of Visage was hacked and that Davenport’s PR have yet to respond.

UPDATE: Ru Paul and TV channel Logo have paid tribute to Sahara Davenport, confirming the drag queen’s tragic death.

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