Chi Chi DeVayne, ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Contestant, Dies at 34

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2020 has been a devastating year, and it certainly has been a rollercoaster of emotions for everyone whenever there was news of someone passing by. So many losses of amazingly talented personalities and people cannot mourn enough.

2020, get over already!

 The “RuPaul’s Drag Race” family is mourning the loss of one of their own.

Zavion Davenport, best known as Chi Chi DeVayne, has died at age 34, Zavion’s mother, Tina Davenport, told CNN.

“It is with tremendous sorrow that my family and I announce the passing of my beloved son, Zavion Michael Davenport, the world-renowned ‘Chi Chi Devayne,'” a statement on behalf of the family said. News of the drag queen’s passing came Thursday, less than a week after DeVayne informed her Instagram followers that she was back in the hospital.

DeVayne’s family shared a post later in the day on the star’s Instagram account. “It is with tremendous sorrow that my family and I announce the passing of my beloved son, Zavion Michael Davenport, the world-renowned ‘Chi Chi DeVayne,'” the post read. The family said plans for final arrangements were still forthcoming and shared “his final words to his family and fans, ‘Never give up!'”

Chi Chi DeVayne, ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Contestant, Dies at 34

“Keep me in your prayers. I’ll be back soon,” DeVayne said in a video message shared Saturday morning, which showed her attached to medical equipment while lying down in a hospital bed. DeVayne kept on motivating his fans even in such a critical time, and where all the fans were shocked, they were quick to absorb the hope from his last words.

DeVayne was previously hospitalized in July with high blood pressure and suspected kidney failure, telling fans she had catheters to her heart and kidneys surgically installed before undergoing dialysis treatment. She was eventually discharged later that month. DeVayne, who competed on the show’s eighth season, earned widespread support for performing ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’ from the musical ‘Dreamgirls’ and finished the fourth place. The performer’s feature on Randy Boo’s song GFY also debuted this year and is available on Spotify.

You will be missed, DeVayne. 

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