Sahara Davenport From 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season Two Dies
Sahara Davenport from season two of RuPaul's Drag Race, real name Antoine Ashley, died on Tuesday at the age of 27, and former contestants and friends of Davenport sounded off their support on Facebook and Twitter.
Davenport, whose cause of death is unknown at this time, according to People, came in seventh in her season of RuPaul's Drag Race in 2010, and also had roles in 15 Films About Madonna, Magnificent Obsessions and One Life to Live.
"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," wrote Logo on their Facebook page.
Davenport, who received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance from the Southern Methodist University of Dallas, also released two singles after her appearance on RuPaul's show, "Pump with Me" in 2010 and "Go Off" in 2011. "I had to build my name here by doing talent nights, talent competitions and networking and meeting all the working girls and figure out how to work this animal of New York City," she told the New York Times in 2009.
"The New York scene is so much bigger than in Dallas," she told the paper. "In Dallas it’s just a strip. It’s like, a block. What has helped me: There aren’t a lot of girls who dance, who are as refined in dancing. That is what draws people to see me. The dance, and the prettiness."
After learning of Davenport's death, RuPaul tweeted, "Shocked & heartbroken over @SaharaDavenport. Never occurred to me that we'd ever lose one of my girls. I see them as immortal."
Manila Luzon, also known as Karl Westerberg, who was a contestant on season three of RuPaul's Drag Race, tweeted simply, "I love him so much," on Sunday night.
The new season of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars, premieres on Logo on October 22, 2012.
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