Season 2 RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Antoine Ashley, who went by the drag name Sahara Davenport, passed away on Monday at the age of 27.

The cause of death wasn’t immediately known, but now The Wrap reports that according to Antoine’s rep he died from heart failure at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Antoine had been dating RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 3 contestant Karl Westerberg (aka Manila Luzon) for six years at the time of his passing. "To me he will always be my best friend, my hero, my Diva, and I have always considered myself more than lucky to have him be forever a part of my life," Karl says in a heartfelt statement. "Thank you, hon, for bringing so much beauty to all of us. Your legacy lives on in me and all of us you've touched."

Logo, the RuPaul’s Drag Race network, will air a marathon of Antoine’s season this Friday, and it will dedicate the premiere of the show’s upcoming all-stars edition to his memory.

Our thoughts go out to Antoine’s boyfriend, family, and friends.

Source: The Wrap

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