Friends and family of Antoine Ashley, better known as Sahara Davenport on the second season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, released a statement Wednesday which revealed his cause of death, People reports. Ashley’s mother has said that her son died at the age of 27 from heart failure.
“I thank God for giving me an Angel Antoine Ashley to share with the rest of the world,” Reddish said in the statement. “My family and I would like to thank everyone for their condolences and support. We know that our Angel is now dancing in heaven. May God bless each and everyone.”
Davenport’s boyfriend of six years, Karl Westerberg, who competed on the third season of RuPaul’s Drag Race as Manila Luzon, said in a statement, “Antoine lived to entertain the world as Sahara Davenport, and the world was in awe over his extreme talent. But his heart is what made us all fall in love with him. To me he will always be my best friend, my hero, my Diva, and I have always considered myself more than lucky to have him be forever a part of my life. Thank you, hon, for bringing so much beauty to all of us. Your legacy lives on in me and all of us you’ve touched.”
In addition to RuPaul’s Drag Race, Davenport also appeared on A&E’s 15 Films about Madonna, Voom HD’s Magnificent Obsessions, and on ABC’s One Life to Live, as well as music videos by Billboard chart-toppers David Guetta and Chris Willis.
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