Drag queen Chi Chi DeVayne, very best identified for showing up on two seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race, has died aged 34.
DeVayne, whose non-phase identify was Zavion Davenport, appeared on season 8 of the present, as properly as season three of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars.
She posted on Instagram final 7 days that she was in hospital for a serious situation – the second time this yr.
RuPaul paid out tribute to DeVayne, stating that he was “heartbroken” to find out of her loss of life.
“I am so grateful that we bought to knowledge her sort and gorgeous soul,” he explained in a statement, posted on the show’s Twitter account. “She will be dearly missed, but never forgotten. Could her generous and loving spirit shine down on us all.”
Former contestants and admirers of the present also paid out tribute to DeVayne.
DeVayne’s first stint on RuPaul’s Drag Race was aired in 2016, where by she impressed the judges with her ingenuity and swift wit.
Her lip sync to Dreamgirls’ And I Am Telling You I am Not Going is also considered legendary in Drag Race background. Contestants on the present accomplish lip syncs when they are at possibility of elimination.
She finished in fourth spot, but was invited to consider component in the spin-off present RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, which aired at the beginning of 2018. She finished in eighth spot.
Later on in 2018 DeVayne was diagnosed with scleroderma, a situation that assaults the interior organs.
She was taken to hospital in July – she explained to her followers on Instagram it was for kidney failure. She was discharged later on that month, but went back again to hospital again final 7 days – this time, she explained, for pneumonia.
“Maintain me in your prayers,” she explained in a movie information to her admirers. “I will be back again quickly.”