Sahara Davenport, one of the most popular contestants on RuPaul’s Drag Race reality show, Season 2, has passed away. Confirmation comes from friends and associates on Twitter, Queerty reports.
However, as of now, there’s no word yet on the cause of death of the 28-year-old performer.
“As Antoine Ashley, Davenport was born and raised in Dallas and attended Southern Methodist University, where he earned a BFA in dance. After moving to New York, Davenport scored appearances in One Life to Live, Judge Karen and the video for David Guetta and Chris Willis’ ‘Gettin’ Over’,” Queerty says.
Davenport also released two mildly successful singles in 2010 and 2011, and was greatly appreciated on the scene as a live performer.
Drag Race judge Michelle Visage is one of the first to confirm the news of Sahara’s passing, as reports online were saying.
“It’s true and I have no words. Have to sign off for now kids, can’t handle this. XOXO,” Visage tweeted.
Other Drag Race stars also chimed in to confirm the news, on the same social networking website.
“A beautiful angel has been added to Heaven. Rest in peace my sweet friend. We will miss you, Sahara Davenport,” Jujubee said.
“I am deeply saddened and at a lost for words. @SaharaDavenport – I Love you sis,” Bebe Zehara, who won Season 1 of the Drag Race, wrote.
Manila Luzon, who also appeared on Drag Race and had been dating Sahara at the time of death, wrote just, “I love him so much.”
For those who don’t watch that much TV, RuPaul’s Drag Race sees Racers, as contestants are lovingly called, compete for the title of “America’s next drag superstar.”
The show was greenlit in May 2008 and premiered in February 2009. In April 2012, it concluded its fourth season.