Gumbumper has learned exclusively that Antoine Ashley, known as Sahara Davenport, from the second season of RuPaul’s Drag Race died at 27.  Ashley died from heart failure on Monday at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., according to a statement from his manager, David Charpentier.

RuPaul tweeted that Ashley’s death left him “heartbroken” and “shocked.” Ashley was a classically trained dancer, and he released a dance single earlier this year titled, “Go Off”.

Antoine’s mother, Angela Ashley Reddish, spoke on behalf of the family thanking supporters and adding, “our Angel is now dancing in heaven.” Boyfriend of six years and fellow drag entertainer Karl Westerberg said the world was awed by his talent, “But his heart is what made us all fall in love with him.”


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