Los Angeles, CA (Variety) — Chi Chi DeVayne, known for her appearances in “RuPaul's Drag Race” and “RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars,” has died after a battle with pneumonia. She was 34.
DeVayne — the drag persona for Zavion Davenport — was hospitalized last week with pneumonia. She was also admitted in July for suspected kidney failure. DeVayne lived with scleroderma, a condition in which the body's immune system attacks organs, blood vessels and tissues.
On Aug. 15, DeVayne took to Instagram to tell fans that she was back in the hospital, asked everyone to pray for her and said, “I'll be back soon.”
RuPaul, the television personality for which “Drag Race” is named, said the star will be remembered for her loving personality.
“I am heartbroken to learn of the passing of Chi Chi DeVayne,” he said. “I am so grateful that we got to experience her kind and beautiful soul. She will be dearly missed, but never forgotten. May her generous and loving spirit shine down on us all. On behalf of VH1, World of Wonder and the cast and crew of 'RuPaul's Drag Race,' I extend my deepest sympathy — from our family to hers.”
Friends and … — Eli Countryman/@Variety