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RuPaul leads tributes as popular Drag Race queen Chi Chi DeVayne dies

RuPaul leads tributes as popular Drag Race queen Chi Chi DeVayne dies

  • The 34-year-old had been battling a rare autoimmune disease.
Chi Chi DeVayne.

RuPaul’s Drag Race queen Chi Chi DeVayne has died aged 34, her family has announced.

The drag queen, whose real name was Zavion Davenport and who lived in Louisiana, became famous as one of the stars of Drag Race season eight and All Stars season three.

She revealed last month on Instagram that she was in hospital with serious medical issues.

‘They think that I’m going through kidney failure,’ she said.

She tested negative for COVID-19 but doctors diagnosed scleroderma – a rare autoimmune disease that targets the internal organs.

Then last week, Chi Chi posted on Instagram again, saying she was battling pneumonia in hospital.

Her family confirmed yesterday (20 August) that she had sadly passed away:

‘It is with tremendous sorrow that my family and I announce the passing of my beloved son, Zavion Michael Davenport, the world renowned Chi Chi DeVayne. His final words to his family and fans [were] “Never give up!”’

‘You beautiful angel’

RuPaul said: ‘I am heartbroken to learn of the passing of Chi Chi DeVayne. I am so grateful that we got to experience her kind and beautiful soul. She will be dearly missed but never forgotten. May her generous and loving spirit shine down on us all.

‘On behalf of VH1, World of Wonder and the cast and crew of RuPaul’s Drag Race, I extend my deepest sympathy – from our family to hers.’

Meanwhile tributes flooded in from fans around the world with other Drag Race stars praising her kindness and talent.

UK Drag Race queen Baga Chipz shared: ‘Chi Chi was so kind to me at a time I was really low. I’m just sat here in tears. RIP you beautiful angel.’

And Trixie Mattel described her as ‘an iconic queen literally everyone in our industry will always love’.

Meanwhile Roxxxy Andrews said: ‘Rest in peace now my beautiful sister. I’m heartbroken.’

Shea Couleé added: ‘I’m literally so devastated and sick to my stomach. Wake me up when it’s all over.’

And AJA said: ‘Chi Chi was a flawless human being and nobody will ever tell me different.’

You can remember some of her best Drag Race moments here: