Celebrity deaths in 2012 - In Memoriam

Slideshow posted in Photos | Friday, January 20, 2012

18 of 186: Antoine Ashley, who is better known as Sahara Davenport from 'RuPaul's Drag Race' died at age 27 on October 1, Logo confirmed the following day. Ashley's cause of death had not been released at press time.

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.'

In addition to "Ru Paul's Drag Race," Ashley also appeared in '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.

(Pictured: Sahara Davenport appears in a photo posted on his official Facebook page on January 14, 2012.) (Facebook.com/SaharaDavenportFanPage)