Drag performer George Ward, known by his stage name Cherry Valentine, has died at the age of 28, his family have announced.
Ward appeared on the second series of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK and went on to front the BBC documentary Gypsy Queen And Proud.
A statement from his family described his death as a “profound shock”.
Ward, who died on Sunday, was raised in Darlington, County Durham as part of the Traveller community.
He qualified as a mental health nurse in 2015, before starting his career in drag.
“It is with the most heart-wrenching and deepest sadness to inform you that our George – Cherry Valentine – has tragically passed away,” Ward’s family said.
“This will come as a profound shock to most people and we understand there is no easy way for this to be announced.”
How old was Cherry Valentine?
Cherry Valentine was born on November 30, 1993. He was 38 years old at his time of death
Who was Cherry Valentine’s Parents?
Cherry Valentine’s family announced his death, however, his mother and father are not known at the moment.
Who was Cherry Valentine’s Partner?
Valentine is a Traveller and credited the “fabulous” women in her family as her inspiration for becoming a drag performer.
However, Cherry Valentine kept his relationship life private from the media.
What was Cherry Valentine Cause of death?
In a statement from his family, they said: “It is with most heart-wrenching and deepest sadness to inform you that our George – Cherry Valentine has tragically passed away.
However, his cause of death was not immediately known.
The story is still developing and we’ll update you soon.