Sahara Davenport, born Antoine Ashley, passed away on Oct. 1, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore due to heart failure. Ashley was only 27-years-old.
The Logo network, which aired the Drag Race show, released a statement in response to Davenport’s passing:
“Logo is profoundly saddened by the passing of Antoine Ashley who fans around the world knew and loved as Sahara Davenport. He was an amazing artist and entertainer who’ll be deeply missed by his Logo family. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family, especially his boyfriend Karl, in their time of need.”
Ashley was popularly known as a contestant on “RuPaul’s Drag Race, back in 2010. He was a graduate of Southern Methodist University, where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance. He then moved to New York City where he began performing at nightclubs and gay bars.
Ashley’s mother, Angela Reddish, spoke on behalf of the family thanking supporters and adding, “our Angel is now dancing in heaven.” Boyfriend of six years and fellow drag entertainer Karl Westerberg said the world was awed by his talent, “But his heart is what made us all fall in love with him.”