NewNowNext reports that Rupaul’s Drag Race star Sahara Davenport has died at the age of 27. Davenport’s partner, Manila Luzon, was also a contestant on the popular Logo show.
Luzon posted on her Twitter account on Sunday:
I love him so much.
— Manila Luzon (@manilaluzon) October 1, 2012
Logo has released a statement about the news:
“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.”
RuPaul this morning tweeted about the news. She said:
Shocked & heartbroken over @saharadavenport. Never occurred to me that we'd ever lose one of my girls. I see them as immortal
— RuPaul (@RuPaul) October 2, 2012
GLAAD spokesperson Rich Ferraro said, "In addition to being a talented performer, we also remember the great work of Antoine Ashley, known to many fans as Sahara Davenport, in support of LGBT youth organizations and GLAAD. This is a saddening loss and our thoughts are with Sahara's friends, partner and family."
Some of Davenport’s fellow Drag Race stars reacted to the news on Twitter.
I can not sleep....my heart goes out to all my Drag race family..mostly though, to my beautiful sister Manila..
— Sharon Needles (@SHARON_NEEDLES) October 2, 2012
It's true and I have no words. Have to sign off for now kids, can't handle this. XOXO
— michelle visage (@michellevisage) October 2, 2012
A beautiful angel has been added to Heaven. Rest in peace my sweet friend. We will miss you, Sahara Davenport.
— jujubee (@jujuboston) October 2, 2012
We offer our condolences to Davenport's family, Luzon and the rest of Davenport's Drag Race co-stars.