Us Weekly reports that Antoine Ashley, better known as Sahara Davenport from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” died at 27 years old on Tuesday morning. The cause of death has not been disclosed by the members of the family.
Antoine Ashley, who became famous as drag performer Sahara Davenport due to his participation at the 2010 show called “RuPaul’s Drag Race”, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 27. His family and his friends have been very secretive about his death as they refused to reveal what might have caused his demise.
The announcement regarding Sahara’s death was first released by Logo, the network which supervised the production of the well-known reality show. The company was very saddened to hear that Davenport passed away because he was an amazing artist and talented entertainer. The message was concluded with a comforting message for Sahara’s family and boyfriend, Karl. Logo invited all their Facebook fans to express their support for all those who have been close to Sahara knowing that they might be in need of it.
The late drag performer is survived by his boyfriend, Karl Westerberg who took part in the third season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race”. He came to the fore as drag performer Manila Luzon and began dating Sahara. The two started working together and in December 2011 they released the song “Baby It’s Cold Outside”.
Sahara Davenport was born in Dallas, Texas. He took dancing classes and earned his BFA at the Southern Methodist University where he started practicing his skills as a drag performer. After college years, Sahara moved to New York City where he did various gigs at gay bars and nightclubs. Later on, he received a role in A&E’s 15 Films About Madonna, Voom HD’s Magnificent Obsessions plus One Life to Live and Judge Karen. He recently featured in David Guetta and Chris Willis’ video “Getting’ Over”.
Twitter was flooded with many supporting messages coming from people who knew the drag performer. RuPaul wrote on his Twitter account that he was “shocked and heartbroken” to hear Sahara passed away as he always thought his girls were immortal. Grieving Karl Westerberg limited himself to saying “I love him so much”.