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Sahara Davenport Dies, 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Star Mourned

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By Emma Koonse, Christian Post Reporter
October 2, 2012|12:10 pm

Antoine Ashley, also known as Sahara Davenport, has died at age 27 on Monday.

No cause or location of his death has been reported.

A star on season two of "RuPaul's Drag Race," Davenport competed alongside 11 other drag queen contestants to become America's Next Drag Superstar. Although he was a classically trained dancer, Davenport was eliminated from the show during the sixth episode of the season for lacking a "rock n' roll" attitude, according to Metro Star News.

"Logo is profoundly saddened by the passing of Antoine Ashley who fans around the world knew and loved as Sahara Davenport," posted the entertainment brand.

"He was an amazing artist and entertainer who'll be deeply missed by his Logo family, especially his boyfriend Karl, in their time of need," the network continued on Tuesday.

Davenport had been dating Karl Westerberg, who appeared on season three of "RuPaul's Drag Race."

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The New York City native also had a career in music and released his second single "Go Off" just last year. Also, he appeared in the music videos "Girl Problems" by the group Girl Problems and "Gettin Over" by David Guetta and Chris Willis.

Once the news of Davenport's death reached Twitter, many fans went into mourning on Tuesday.

"A beautiful angel has been added to Heaven," wrote Juju. "Rest in peace my sweet friend. We will miss you, Sahara Davenport."

"RIP @Sahara Davenport I will miss you humor and bright soul," posted Sutan."My heart weeps and I am deeply sad. I love you sister."

Actor and artists Johnny Weir-Voronov posted, "Rest in peace @SaharaDavenport. The world of entertainment lost such a bright light. God bless you and your loved ones."

"My thoughts and Prayers are going out to the family and Loved ones of Sahara Davenport," added Latrice.

On their website, Davenport's network Logo boasts "one-of-a-kind personalities, unconventional stories and discovering what's next- all through a mix of original and acquired entertainment that's outrageous, smart, and inclusive."

 

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