Drag queen George Ward who featured in Ru Paul’s Drag Race as Cherry Valentine dies aged 28

Drag performer and psychological well being nurse George Ward, identified by their stage identify Cherry Valentine, has died on the age of 28, their household have introduced.

George, who died on Sunday and glided by Georgie, appeared on the second collection of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, earlier than launching a TV profession and fronting the BBC documentary Gypsy Queen And Proud.

An announcement from their household mentioned: ‘It’s with probably the most heart-wrenching and deepest unhappiness to tell you that our George – Cherry Valentine – has tragically handed away.

‘This may come as a profound shock to most individuals and we perceive there isn’t a straightforward method for this to be introduced.

‘As his household, we’re nonetheless processing his loss of life and our lives won’t ever be the identical.

Drag performer George Ward, identified by their stage identify Cherry Valentine, has died on the age of 28, their household have introduced

Georgie, who died on Sunday, appeared on the second series of RuPaul's Drag Race UK, before launching a TV career and fronting the BBC documentary Gypsy Queen And Proud

Georgie, who died on Sunday, appeared on the second collection of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, earlier than launching a TV profession and fronting the BBC documentary Gypsy Queen And Proud

‘We perceive how a lot he’s liked and what number of lives he has impressed and touched. All we ask is to your endurance and your prayers on this time. We love you Georgie.’

Georgie, who recognized as gender-fluid, was raised in Darlington, County Durham as a part of the Traveler neighborhood and certified as a psychological well being nurse in 2015, earlier than beginning their profession in drag.

Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins was amongst these paying tribute to Georgie, following their loss of life.

She tweeted: ‘Very unhappy to listen to that Cherry Valentine has died, aged simply 28. We met again in June at Epsom – so lively then, it is exhausting to consider. Sending like to George’s household & mates, simply heartbreaking.’

Drag queen and creator Glamrou, actual identify Amrou Al-Kadhi, mentioned of George: ‘Winded by the devastating information about Cherry Valentine. I am unable to consider it. A real queen. Relaxation in peace my expensive.’

Georgie said their work as a nurse had 'put me in that right position to be able to understand people a bit more'

Georgie mentioned their work as a nurse had ‘put me in that proper place to have the ability to perceive individuals a bit extra’

Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins was among those paying tribute to drag performer Georgie, following their death

Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins was amongst these paying tribute to tug performer Georgie, following their loss of life

In December 2020, Georgie was introduced as certainly one of 12 contestants competing within the second collection of the UK model of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Of their introductory video for the present, they describe their Cherry Valentine alter-ego as ‘glamour’, ‘darkish’ and ‘gothic’.

They mentioned their work as a nurse had ‘put me in that proper place to have the ability to perceive individuals a bit extra.

‘In case you are a drag queen you’re working with individuals. And to know individuals I feel you go the additional mile.’

When filming of the present needed to pause mid-season because of the pandemic, George began working shifts in a vaccination middle in Manchester.

Georgie had mentioned: ‘Covid was such an enormous shock to everybody and I felt, ‘Properly, I am a professional nurse I must be doing one thing.’

‘Drag is my ardour and my dream however I do love being a nurse – it is one thing I am going to at all times do.’

Pictured: Georgie as Cherry Valentine with Ru Paul's Drag Race Season 2 winner Lawrence Chaney and fellow contestant Asttina Mandella

Pictured: Georgie as Cherry Valentine with Ru Paul’s Drag Race Season 2 winner Lawrence Chaney and fellow contestant Asttina Mandella

Additionally they carried out publicly and appeared in music movies by artists reminiscent of Charli XCX.

After showing on the present, Georgie joined with the BBC to provide a documentary exploring their Traveler heritage.

Within the 2022 particular, referred to as Gypsy Queen And Proud, they revisited the neighborhood he left aged 18.

Georgie opened up in regards to the difficulties of rising up as a queer individual within the Gypsy neighborhood within the eye-opening documentary.

They grew up as a part of the Romany Traveler neighborhood in Darlington, however left on the age of 18 after receiving a damaging response from their household once they got here out as homosexual.

Pictured: Chery Valentine appearing in a Charlie XCX music video with fellow contestants from Ru Paul's Drag Race UK

Pictured: Chery Valentine showing in a Charlie XCX music video with fellow contestants from Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK

When filming of the show had to pause mid-season due to the pandemic, George started working shifts in a vaccination center in Manchester

When filming of the present needed to pause mid-season because of the pandemic, George began working shifts in a vaccination middle in Manchester

The drag artist revealed they struggled to view their sexuality in a constructive gentle after being spat on, bodily assaulted and harassed with homophobic slurs at college.

Showing on BBC Three documentary Gypsy Queen and Proud, Georgie revealed that they not have a relationship with the Traveler neighborhood or members of their prolonged household.

‘My expertise rising up as a queer individual in that neighborhood actually affected my complete life,’ mentioned George.

‘I consistently have this stress on me of making an attempt to be excellent on a regular basis. I’ve constructed this picture of who I ought to be and it isn’t who I’m deep down. The sensation of being somebody I do not wish to be, Cherry would not really feel that as a lot as I do’.

After their stint on Drag Race UK, Georgie revealed they’d acquired messages on social media with racist, anti-Traveller slurs.

In January 2021, Georgie mentioned: ‘On the minute I am very fluid in my gender… and rising up wasn’t straightforward.

‘There have been instances the place I left residence for a bit and simply had a little bit of a meltdown.

‘Within the Traveler neighborhood, there’s a variety of stress on younger individuals to marry, to quiet down, to have a household and to get a job to assist the household.

In January 2021, Georgie said: 'At the minute I'm very fluid in my gender… and growing up wasn't easy'

In January 2021, Georgie mentioned: ‘On the minute I am very fluid in my gender… and rising up wasn’t straightforward’

Georgie was raised in Darlington, County Durham as part of the Traveler community and qualified as a mental health nurse in 2015, before starting their career in drag

Georgie was raised in Darlington, County Durham as a part of the Traveler neighborhood and certified as a psychological well being nurse in 2015, earlier than beginning their profession in drag

‘I feel that is why I used to lie a lot and say I had girlfriends.’

In Gypsy Queen and Proud faculty Georgie mentioned they ‘felt completely different’, and confronted harassment from bullies who would verbally and bodily abuse them.

As Georgie bought older, they felt stress to evolve to gender roles inside the neighborhood and determined to put in writing their dad and mom a letter revealing they had been gay.

‘There was lots anticipated of me once I was 16 or 17 and I did not know the way I wanted to behave. I used to be sick of pretending’, they mentioned.

‘I felt like I used to be weak as a result of I could not fake, I could not simply slot in. Why was I completely different? I hated myself for it.

In Gypsy Queen and Proud school Georgie said they 'felt different', and faced harassment from bullies who would verbally and physically abuse them

In Gypsy Queen and Proud faculty Georgie mentioned they ‘felt completely different’, and confronted harassment from bullies who would verbally and bodily abuse them

As Georgie got older, they felt pressure to conform to gender roles within the community and decided to write their parents a letter revealing they were homosexual

As Georgie bought older, they felt stress to evolve to gender roles inside the neighborhood and determined to put in writing their dad and mom a letter revealing they had been gay

Georgie had briefly left residence after writing the letter, and says they had been left suicidal after opening up about their sexuality.

After transferring away at 18, Georgie met extra like minded individuals and developed their drag alter-ego Cherry, calling their stint on Drag Race a ‘huge eyeopener’.

‘I used to be round so many individuals who accepted themselves much more than I felt I did, mentioned Georgie. ‘Being round individuals who accepted themselves a bit extra made me understand I’ve a bit extra alternative than I felt I did.’

Within the 2021 documentary Georgie mentioned they now had relationship with their mum and pa, and had begun talking with their brother – insisting the easiest way to make progress was ‘educating individuals on issues they do not perceive’.

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