Cherry Valentine, Star of ‘Drag Race UK’ Season 2, Dies at 28

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George Ward, aka British drag queen Cherry Valentine, has died at 28.

The star’s rep confirmed the sad news about the “RuPual’s Drag Race U.K.” Season 2 competitor on Instagram.

“Our hearts are broken to share the devastating news that our client George Ward (@thecherryvalentine) has sadly passed away,” read a post on the page of celebrity management and PR firm On the Box Talent.

“Our love and thoughts are with his parents who have issued the following statement: ‘It is with the most heart wrenching and deepest sadness to inform you that our George – Cherry Valentine – has tragically passed away.

“This will come as a profound shock to most people & we understand there is no easy way for this to be announced,’” the statement concluded.

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Cherry Valentine was born in Darlington, England, in the Northeast of the country, and grew up in a travelers community.

He qualified as a mental health nurse in 2015, and worked for the U.K.’s National Health Service, helping with the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

Cherry Valentine was the first queen eliminated during Season 2 of “Drag Race.” A documentary about his life — “Cherry Valentine: Gypsy Queen and Proud” — was released earlier this year in the U.K. Ward also appeared in a show called “God Shave the Queens” Season 2.