RuPaul, the tv persona for which “Drag Race” is known as, stated the star will probably be remembered for her loving persona.
“I’m heartbroken to be taught of the passing of Chi Chi DeVayne,” he stated in an announcement on Thursday. “I’m so grateful that we received to expertise her type and exquisite soul. She will probably be dearly missed, however by no means forgotten. Might her beneficiant and loving spirit shine down on us all. On behalf of VH1, World of Surprise and the solid and crew of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ I prolong my deepest sympathy — from our household to hers.”
DeVayne — the drag persona for Zavion Davenport — was hospitalized final week with pneumonia. She was additionally admitted in July for suspected kidney failure. DeVayne lived with scleroderma, a situation through which the physique’s immune system assaults organs, blood vessels and tissues.
On Aug. 15, DeVayne took to Instagram to inform followers that she was again within the hospital, requested everybody to wish for her and stated, “I will be again quickly.”
Buddies and co-stars have been posting messages of condolence and assist on social media. Drag queen Trixie Mattel posted an image with DeVayne, including three hearts and the caption, “an iconic queen actually everybody in our trade will at all times love.”
DeVayne was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. She stated it was clear that she was meant to be a star, even from a younger age.
“I used to be at all times a little bit performer,” she as soon as stated on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” “My uncle used to stage expertise exhibits with all us cousins, and my mother noticed one thing in me. She had me in gymnastics, and I used to be in a dance firm in my 20s.”
Throughout DeVayne’s time competing on the eighth season of the present, she earned widespread assist for her efficiency of “And I Am Telling You I am Not Going” and completed the competitors in fourth place. Jennifer Holliday made her an official Dreamgirl on the ultimate episode. The star’s Season eight entrance made a splash in addition to her first costume was produced from a trash bag.
She made an look this yr on Apple TV Plus’ “Little America,” a sequence devoted to telling the tales of American immigrants. Her characteristic on Randy Boo’s track “GFY” additionally debuted this yr and is obtainable on Spotify.