Antoine Ashley, known as Sahara Davenport of 'RuPaul's Drag Race' dies at age 27
Antoine Ashley, who is better known as Sahara Davenport from "RuPaul's Drag Race" died at age 27 on October 1, Logo confirmed.
"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," the network said in a statement on their official Facebook page. "Our hearts and prayers go out to his family, especially his boyfriend Karl, in their time of need."
On the afternoon of October 3, it was announced that Ashley died of heart failure at John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland.
"I thank God for giving me an Angel Antoine Ashley to share with the rest of the world. My family and I would like to thank everyone for their condolences and support," Ashley's mother Angela Ashley Reddish said in a statement on her son's official Facebook page. "We know that our Angel is now dancing in heaven. May God bless each and everyone."
Ashley competed on the second season of "RuPaul's Drag Race," which aired in 2010. On the series, the trained dancer competed against 11 drag queen contestants for the title of "America's Next Drag Queen." RuPaul serves as host, mentor and "inspiration."
"Shocked & heartbroken over @SaharaDavenport. Never occurred to me that we'd ever lose one of my girls. I see them as immortal," RuPaul Tweeted on October 2.
Ashley's boyfriend Karl Westerberg competed on season three of the series as Manila Luzon.
On Sunday evening, Westerberg Tweeted, "I love him so much."
In addition to "Ru Paul's Drag Race," Ashley also appeared in A&E's "15 Films about Madonna" and ABC's soap opera "One Life to Live."
Ashley also recorded several singles, including this year's "Go Off," which landed on the No. 35 spot on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Songs chart. Last winter, he and Westerberg also released a cover of "Baby It's Cold Outside."