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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ fan favorite Chi Chi DeVayne dead at 34 from rare illness

San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender News, Davenport spoke of how her time on Drag Race had changed her life: “Not accepting where I came from, and who I am as a person, the voice, you know, the appearance, the everything. Drag Race has opened my eyes to see there’s so much more than where I came from and to, like, not hold that against myself. To push forward with where I wanna go in life. So yeah, it definitely has healed that aspect.”” data-reactid=”17″>Davenport grew up in Shreveport, La., where she was involved in gangs and struggled with her sexuality before coming out and finding a home as a member of the DeVayne drag family. “Girl, I’ve seen people shot,” she once confessed on Drag Race. “I’ve smelled, like, the smell of brains. When I tell you I come from the streets, I’m not kidding. …I could’ve been dead. I could’ve been locked up.” In an interview with San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender News, Davenport spoke of how her time on Drag Race had changed her life: “Not accepting where I came from, and who I am as a person, the voice, you know, the appearance, the everything. Drag Race has opened my eyes to see there’s so much more than where I came from and to, like, not hold that against myself. To push forward with where I wanna go in life. So yeah, it definitely has healed that aspect.”

Last month, Davenport was hospitalized for high blood pressure and possible kidney failure related to her scleroderma, explaining on social media, “I let it go too long without going to the doctor and these are the consequences.” She revealed that she’d had catheters to her heart and kidneys surgically installed before undergoing dialysis treatment. On Aug. 16, Davenport announced that she was back in the hospital with pneumonia, uploading a video from her bed in which she said, “Keep me in your prayers. I’ll be back soon.” At that time, many of Davenport’s Drag Race colleagues posted links to Davenport’s Venmo and PayPal accounts, urging fans to help with the ailing queen’s medical expenses. Davenport died four days later.” data-reactid=”30″>Last month, Davenport was hospitalized for high blood pressure and possible kidney failure related to her scleroderma, explaining on social media, “I let it go too long without going to the doctor and these are the consequences.” She revealed that she’d had catheters to her heart and kidneys surgically installed before undergoing dialysis treatment. On Aug. 16, Davenport announced that she was back in the hospital with pneumonia, uploading a video from her bed in which she said, “Keep me in your prayers. I’ll be back soon.” At that time, many of Davenport’s Drag Race colleagues posted links to Davenport’s Venmo and PayPal accounts, urging fans to help with the ailing queen’s medical expenses. Davenport died four days later.

I am literally so upset about Chichi! I wish there was more I could do to help out her family in her honor or something. I’m thinking we should do a benefit show for her family to help with the costs of her funeral.

— Trinity The Tuck (@TrinityTheTuck) August 20, 2020

I’m heartbroken to hear about the loss of our beloved Chi Chi De Vayne. She had a natural, God-given light within her & she shared it with all of us on Drag Race. She was a star & without her the world has less sparkle. I’m sending love to her family, her friends and her fans. ❤️

— Ross Mathews (@helloross) August 20, 2020

Rest well, beautiful Chi Chi 💔

— Brooke Lynn Hytes (@Bhytes1) August 20, 2020

😔😔😔😔 shine on baby. Damn. 💔

— Detox (@TheOnlyDetox) August 20, 2020

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