One of the contestants on RuPaul’s Drag Race has passed away, according to reports.
Sahara Davenport, real name Antoine Ashley, was only 27. The station that carries the show, Logo, released a statement regarding the death.
“Logo is profoundly saddened by the passing of Antoine Ashley who fans around the world knew and loved as Sahara Davenport. He was an amazing artist and entertainer who’ll be deeply missed by his Logo family. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family, especially his boyfriend Karl, in their time of need.”
Star and host of the show, RuPaul, took to Twitter to send his condolences.
“Shocked & heartbroken over @SaharaDavenport. Never occurred to me that we’d ever lose one of my girls. I see them as immortal.”
Ashley also appeared in 15 Films About Madonna, Magnificent Obsessions and One Life to Live. In addition to film appearances, Ashley released the single ‘Go Off’, which climbed to #35 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart.
The cause of death has yet to be confirmed.