Drag Star and ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Alum Chi Chi DeVayne Has Died at Age 34

Alexandra Whittaker
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Photo credit: Santiago Felipe - Getty Images
Photo credit: Santiago Felipe - Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

  • Drag queen and TV star Chi Chi DeVayne has died at age 34, according to multiple outlets.

  • Chi Chi was a fan favorite on RuPaul’s Drag Race and RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars. She was in the hospital being treated for pneumonia prior to her death.

Very sad news to report this evening: Drag star Chi Chi DeVayne has reportedly passed away at age 34. The RuPaul’s Drag Race and RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars alumna had been diagnosed with scleroderma, an autoimmune disease, and spent the past few weeks hospitalized with complications related to it.

The Louisiana native—whose birth name was Zavion Davenport—had been keeping fans posted on her prognosis after being admitted to the hospital in July with suspected kidney failure. She said on Instagram she was discharged but later readmitted this week after her health declined. She asked fans to keep her in their prayers.

Several friends and costars of Chi Chi have spoken out about her untimely death, including RuPaul.

“I am heartbroken to learn of the passing of Chi Chi DeVayne,” Ru 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.”

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An angel! Can’t believe this 😢

A post shared by Jaida Essence Hall (@jaidaehall) on Aug 20, 2020 at 1:00pm PDT

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RIP this sweet angel 😢

A post shared by Kim Chi (@kimchi_chic) on Aug 20, 2020 at 1:24pm PDT

Chi Chi came to national TV prominence on the eighth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, where she made the top four and gave one of the most iconic lip-syncs in Drag Race history to Jennifer Holliday’s “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.”

Our thoughts are with Chi Chi’s family and friends at this time.

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