Chi Chi DeVayne has passed away at the age of 34.
It is a huge blow for fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race, the drag community, and obviously her family and friends. Chi Chi DeVayne appeared on Season 8 of the Emmy-winning show.
She later returned for the third season of the show’s All Stars competition, where she placed eighth.
The news, confirmed by EW, comes just days after the 34-year-old posted a video from inside their hospital room saying they were “currently battling pneumonia.” Added DeVayne, “Keep me in your prayers. I’ll be back soon.”
The most recent hospitalization comes after the Shreveport, Louisiana native battled high blood pressure and suspected kidney failure back in July. In 2018, Chi Chi was also diagnosed with scleroderma, an autoimmune disease.
UPDATE: RuPaul shared a message regarding the passing of Chi Chi.
“I am heartbroken to learn of the passing of Chi Chi DeVayne. 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.”
As news of DeVayne’s passing was confirmed, her Drag Race family began to share their condolences on social media.