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'RuPaul' star Antoine Ashley dead at 27

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Antoine Ashley, better known as Sahara Davenport on RuPaul’s Drag Race, has died at 27, EW has confirmed.

Logo released the following statement to EW: “Logo is profoundly saddened by the passing of Antoine Ashley who fans around the world knew and loved as Sahara Davenport. He was an amazing artist and entertainer who’ll be deeply missed by his Logo family. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family, especially his boyfriend Karl, in their time of need.”

RuPaul tweeted Tuesday, “Shocked & heartbroken over @SaharaDavenport. Never occurred to me that we’d ever lose one of my girls. I see them as immortal.”

In addition to his role on Drag Race, Ashley also appeared in 15 Films About Madonna, Magnificent Obsessions and One Life to Live. Earlier this year, Ashley released a single, “Go Off,” which later reached number 35 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart, according to People.

The cause of death is unconfirmed at this time.

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