RuPaul’s Drag Race star Chi Chi DeVayne has died at age 34. The sad news was confirmed by EW on Thursday local time.
The star of the hit series had recently been hospitalised with pneumonia in her Shreveport hometown in the United States.
She shared the news of her hospitalisation with fans in an Instagram story over the weekend, promising to be back ‘soon’ from her hospital bed on Saturday.
“Hey guys, I'm back in,” Chi Chi told 502K followers on Saturday. “Keep me in your prayers, I'll be back soon.”
It comes a month after she revealed to fans that she had been admitted and discharged from hospital after having a biopsy for suspected kidney failure and high blood pressure.
Chi Chi, or Zavion Davenport as she was known outside of her stage persona, placed fourth on the eighth season of the show in 2016, and eighth place on RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars in 2018.
The star has long battled with health complications.
In February she told Hey Qween that she had been diagnosed with scleroderma.
The chronic illness causes scar tissues to form around internal organs, impairing function.
Drag Race founder RuPaul Charles took to Twitter to express his sadness and offer condolences to the family.
He wrote he was ‘heartbroken’ at the devastating news.
“I am heartbroken to learn of the passing of Chi Chi DeVayne,” a statement from the star shared to the official Drag Race Twitter account read. “I am so grateful that we got to experience her kind and beautiful soul.”
“She will be dearly missed, but never forgotten. May her generous and loving spirit shine down on us all.”
“On behalf of VH1, World of Wonder and the cast and crew of RuPaul's Drag Race, I extend my deepest sympathy - from our family to hers.”