Sahara Davenport, 27, died of heart failure, family says

Antoine Ashley, a.k.a. Sahara Davenport, died Monday of heart failure, a rep said in a statement issued Wednesday.

Ashley, a 27-year-old drag performer, competed as Davenport on the second season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and was the six-year boyfriend of Season 3 performer Manila Luzon, a.k.a. Karl Westerberg, who’ll appear in the upcoming “RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars” starting later this month.

“Antoine passed away due to heart failure on October 1, 2012, at John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland,” the rep said via, the Logo network’s online presence.

I thank God for giving me an Angel Antoine Ashley to share with the rest of the world,” his mother said in the statement. “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 Westerberg: “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.”

The death had been confirmed Tuesday, with no details provided at that time.


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