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'Drag Race' Star Chi Chi DeVayne Dead at 34

Chi Chi DeVayne
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Chi Chi DeVayne attends "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" Meet The Queens on Jan. 17, 2018 in New York City.

Chi Chi DeVayne, a fan favorite drag queen from RuPaul's Drag Race and RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars, has died at age 34, according to multiple reports and Drag Race production company World of Wonder.

Born Zavion Davenport in Shreveport, Louisiana, DeVayne shot to national drag prominence thanks to his ineffable personality and memorable performances on the smash hit series. Despite limited financial resources that affected the costumes he was able to bring to the reality show, DeVayne finished fourth on the season, besting Thorgy Thor in an unforgettable lip sync showdown to Dreamgirls' "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" as well as winning the Pitch Perfect parody challenge. DeVayne returned for the third season of All Stars, where he placed eighth, being eliminated after a Maya Angelou Snatch Game impersonation failed to impress the judges. Earlier this year, DeVayne was the musical guest on Randy Boo's "GFY." In 2018, he was one of numerous features on RuPaul's single "Sitting on a Secret."

"I am heartbroken to learn of the passing of Chi Chi DeVayne," RuPaul said in a statement. "I am so grateful that we got to experience her kind and beautiful soul. She will be dearly missed, but never forgotten. May her generous and loving spirit shine down on us all. On behalf of VH1, World of Wonder and the cast and crew of RuPaul’s Drag Race, I extend my deepest sympathy - from our family to hers."

DeVayne suffered from the autoimmune disease scleroderma. In July, he was rushed to the hospital after suffering from a suspected kidney failure related to the condition. Readmitted to the hospital in August after coming down with pneumonia, DeVayne asked fans to pray for him via Instagram. DeVayne died a few days later on Aug. 20 at the age of 34.

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Luminaries in the drag community responded to the news with an outpouring of grief for the gone-far-too-soon star.