George Ward, who was best known as ‘RuPaul's Drag Race UK’ star Cherry Valentine, has died aged 28.
The family of the drag performer have told how their “lives will never be the same” again following his tragic death.
A statement from George's family read: “It is with the most heart-wrenching and deepest sadness to inform you that our George – Cherry Valentine – has tragically passed away.
“This will come as a profound shock to most people and we understand there is no easy way for this to be announced."
They detailed how they were "still processing" George's death, the cause of which was not revealed.
They added: “As his family, we are still processing his death and our lives will never be the same.
“We understand how much he is loved and how many lives he has inspired and touched. All we ask is for your patience and your prayers in this time. We love you Georgie."
Before becoming Cherry, George - who was raised in Darlington in County Durham - worked as a mental health nurse, earning a qualification in 2015, and he then went on to become a drag performer.
In December 2020, the ‘Gypsy Queen and Proud’ documentary-maker - who also appeared in Charli XCX's video for 'Good Time' - was revealed to be part of the line up of the second season of the 'RuPaul's Drag Race UK'.
While appearing on the first episode, George said: “If you are a drag queen you are working with people. And to understand people I think you go the extra mile.”