Sad news today—former RuPaul's Drag Race contestant and performer Sahara Davenport has died at age 27.
The Dallas-born, New York-based dancer and drag artist, whose real name was Antoine Ashley, was a contestant on the show's second season in 2010; fellow contestants and fans have been tweeting their condolences all day.
"Shocked & heartbroken over @SaharaDavenport," RuPaul tweeted this morning. "Never occurred to me that we'd ever lose one of my girls. I see them as immortal."
Logo, the station that airs Drag Race, also put out a statement, saying they are "profoundly saddened" by Ashley's death. "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." Ashley's boyfriend, Karl Westerberg, was a contestant on Drag Race during the show's second season.
The cause of death is still unknown.