RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Sahara Davenport has died

RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Sahara Davenport, whose real name was Antoine Ashley, has died. He appeared on season two, while his boyfriend, Karl Westerberg was on season three, appearing as Manila Luzon.

Logo announced his death on Facebook, saying, “Our hearts and prayers go out to his family, especially his boyfriend Karl, in their time of need.”

People’s obituary reports on his other work, including a popular single “Go Off,” and notes that “the cause of death is unknown at this time.”

Update, Oct. 3: Antoine’s family released a statement that said, in part, “Antoine passed away due to heart failure on October 1, 2012, at John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore.”

The Sing-Off loses its star

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