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Sahara Davenport of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Dead

Submitted by on October 2, 2012 – 10:43 am Comments

Sahara Davenport who passed away recently at the young age of only 27, was mourned by his friends and ‘Logo’ the network on which ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ is telecast. Logo recently confirmed the death of Davenport and expressed its heartfelt condolence saying “Logo is profoundly saddened by the passing of Antoine Ashley who fans around the world knew and loved as Sahara Davenport. He was an amazing artist and entertainer who’ll be deeply missed by his Logo family. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family, especially his boyfriend Karl, in their time of need.”

RuPaul too expressed his shock and grief at the demise and Tweeted “I am shocked & heartbroken over Sahara Davenport. It never occurred to me that we’d ever lose one of my girls. I see them as immortal”. The details behind the death aren’t yet known. Ashley a native of Dallas had relocated to New York City, after earning a bachelor of fine arts degree at Southern Methodist University.

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He had explained his move to New York by saying “I had to build my name here by doing talent nights, talent competitions and networking and meeting all the working girls and figure out how to work this animal of New York City. The New York scene is so much bigger than in Dallas. In Dallas it’s just a strip. It’s like, a block. What has helped me: There aren’t a lot of girls who dance, who are as refined in dancing. That is what draws people to see me. The dance, and the prettiness.” He was a trained actor and had done a handful of other roles, besides appearing on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’.

Ashley was also a regular performer on the New York drag scene. Ashley was seen on “One Life to Live” and earlier this year released a single, “Go Off,” which hit no. 35 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart. His friends from the “Drag Race” too have expressed their grief. Fellow Season 2 contestant Morgan McMichaels Tweeted, “RIP to my sister Sahara Davenport, a true entertainer, who class, wisdom and laugh changed my life forever !!” Fellow contestant and Ashley’s reported boyfriend Manila Luzon expressed his affection for Davenport. “I love him so much” he wrote on Facebook and Twitter. Many other contestants from the show have also expressed their condolences and paid their last respects.

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