Logo‘s Sahara Davenport (Antoine Ashley) passed away on Monday (October 1). Soon after, condolences and sorrow were posted via social media about the RuPaul’s Drag Race star’s sudden passing at age 27. NewNowNext (Logo’s digital hub) released a statement from Sahara’s family and friends, revealing that the cause of death was due to heart failure.
Antoine’s mother, Angela Ashley Reddish, spoke on behalf of the family. “I thank God for giving me an Angel Antoine Ashley to share with the rest of the world. My family and I would like to thank everyone for their condolences and support. We know that our Angel is now dancing in heaven. May God bless each and everyone,” said Reddish in the statement. Boyfriend of six years and fellow drag entertainer Karl Westerberg (aka Manila Luzon) said, “Antoine lived to entertain the world as Sahara Davenport, and the world was in awe over his extreme talent. But his heart is what made us all fall in love with him. To me he will always be my best friend, my hero, my Diva, and I have always considered myself more than lucky to have him be forever a part of my life. Thank you, hon, for bringing so much beauty to all of us. Your legacy lives on in me and all of us you’ve touched.”
It is a difficult time for fans as well. Take a look back at some video of Sahara performing after the jump …