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“RuPaul’s Drag Race” Star Sahara Davenport Passes Away

Various sources are reporting Sahara Davenport, one of the more popular contestants on Season 2 of RuPaul’s Drag Race—and partner to fellow Drag Race entrant Manila Luzon—has passed away at age 28.

As Antoine Ashley, Davenport was born and raised in Dallas and attended Southern Methodist University, where he earned a BFA in dance. After moving to New York, Davenport scored appearances in One Life to Live, Judge Karen and the video for David Guetta and Chris Willis’ “Gettin’ Over.”

In addition to a successful performance career, Davenport released two singles: “Pump with Me” (2010) and “Go Off” (2011).

Though details have yet to emerge about Davenport’s passing, Drag Race judge Michelle Visage confirmed the death via Twitter: “It’s true and I have no words. Have to sign off for now kids, can’t handle this. XOXO.”

Other Drag Race performers also took to social media to extend their condolences: “A beautiful angel has been added to Heaven. Rest in peace my sweet friend,” tweeted Jujubee. “We will miss you, Sahara Davenport.”  While Season One winner Bebe Zehara wrote, “I am deeply saddened and at a lost for words. @SaharaDavenport – I Love you sis.”

Luzon tweeted simply, “I love him so much. ”

Photo: Jeffrey James Keyes

By:           Dan Avery
On:           Oct 2, 2012
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  • 20 Comments
    • charlatanhayes
      charlatanhayes

      Great job, Queerty. Did you even try to confirm this or were you just going for page hits? Wankers.

      Oct 2, 2012 at 7:48 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      @charlatanhayes:

      Considering that Michelle Visage has confirmed it, as well as the fact that around 10 of the fellow performers have verified it, that is valid.

      But you know, you go ahead and post an attack and an insult on an article about somebody possibly dying at the age of 28. Nice to see how much you actually give a shit.

      So sorry to hear about this if it is true and I hope Saharra’s family and especially Manilla are doing ok.

      Oct 2, 2012 at 8:02 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Pamela
      Pamela

      Considering Kelexis Davenport 9her drag mother), pretty much all of the other RPDR queens (who are all in contact with one another), Michelle Visage, and a huge portion of the drag queen community in NYC have all posted about her death, I’m going to go ahead and say that this is true.

      Oct 2, 2012 at 8:10 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Pamela
      Pamela

      Considering Kelexis Davenport (her drag mother), pretty much all of the other RPDR queens (who are all in contact with one another), Michelle Visage, and a huge portion of the drag queen community in NYC have all posted about her death, I’m going to go ahead and say that this is true.

      Oct 2, 2012 at 8:11 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • charlatanhayes
      charlatanhayes

      @Cam: Fair enough and my apologies. I checked a few other sites that claimed that it was an erroneous report. Nevertheless, the “attack” was not on Sahara Davenport. I was very sad to hear this news and am very sad to hear that it has been confirmed.

      Oct 2, 2012 at 9:15 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Fitz
      Fitz

      28 is far too young. I hope she knew some peace before she left.

      Oct 2, 2012 at 10:01 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      @charlatanhayes:

      I get what you were doing, sorry if I came off harshly.

      Oct 2, 2012 at 10:39 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • charlatanhayes
      charlatanhayes

      @Cam: No problems. I was really disturbed by the news and totally jumped the gun. Sorry to Queerty as well. So sad :[

      Oct 2, 2012 at 11:34 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dionte
      Dionte

      That’s so sad.

      Oct 2, 2012 at 11:37 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Raquel Santiago
      Raquel Santiago

      @charlatanhayes:

      Yes they did was confirmed by some last night when my cell phone was going off for like 3 hours.

      Oct 2, 2012 at 11:52 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Raquel Santiago
      Raquel Santiago

      DSA’s and my hearts and prayers go out to the family of Sahara.

      Oct 2, 2012 at 11:54 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jjkeyes
      jjkeyes · Queerty Editor

      Sending lots of love to Karl and Antoine’s close friends and family. Sahara Davenport was always wonderful to be around. We already miss you.

      Oct 2, 2012 at 12:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Boricuaex
      Boricuaex

      You know, Sahara (Antoine) and Manila (Karl), will go down in history as the original drag power couple on tv. Sahara Davenport was a slick, saavy, polished drag queen who knew the industry and was a force to reckoned with on RuPaul’s Drag Race. May she rest in peace; now Sahara Davenport will truly be a star in heaven. My deepest and most profound condolences to partner and their extended families.

      Oct 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jack Jett
      Jack Jett

      So sad. There is a lesson to be learned from the first post. I am as guilty as anyone and in my old(er) age have attempted to be less bitchy. 28…is far too young. What an awesome life though.

      Oct 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Colterd
      Colterd

      Manila I am so sorry sahara was one of my favorite girls
      Hang in their baby it will be ok and remember life is good and life goes on

      Oct 2, 2012 at 4:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • oilburner
      oilburner

      That’s so sad.

      Oct 2, 2012 at 5:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hotshot70
      hotshot70

      So sad to hear. My sincerest condolences to Sarhara’s family (drag and birth) and to Manila> Much love to all!

      Oct 2, 2012 at 7:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ScaryRussianHeather
      ScaryRussianHeather

      ?@RuPaul
      “Shocked & heartbroken over @SaharaDavenport. Never occurred to me that we’d ever lose one of my girls. I see them as immortal.”

      This is awful. Antoine and Karl were so in love and sweet together. Their videos together are inspirational.

      Oct 2, 2012 at 11:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • reesielover
      reesielover

      I am so sorry to hear this wonderful woman has passed away. From the moment I saw her I was absolutely crazy about her and spent many hours fantasizing about how wonderful it would be to be with her. Now, unfortunately, this is one guy who will spend many hours mourning the loss of a wonderful person. RIP Sahara, I will miss you terribly.
      Dave

      Oct 3, 2012 at 12:03 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rockery
      Rockery

      Sad – what happened?

      Oct 3, 2012 at 1:00 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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