RuPaul’s Drag Race star Chi Chi DeVayne dies aged 34 after pneumonia battle

RuPaul's Drag Race star Chi Chi DeVayne has died at the age of 34 after a battle with pneumonia.

The drag queen was hospitalised with pneumonia last week and shared a video on social media asking for fans to pray for her.

Chi Chi, the stage name of Zavion Davenport, was also admitted to hospital in July with suspected kidney failure.

The reality star suffered from scleroderma, which is a rare and potentially life-threatening condition in which the immune system attacks the tissue under the skin and around internal organs and blood vessels.

It can also cause scarring and thickening of body tissue.

Chi Chi rose to fame as a fan-favourite contestant on season eight of RuPaul's Drag Race before joining the cast of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars season three.

In a video from her hospital bed last week, she said: "Keep me in your prayers, I'll be back soon."

Chi Chi became a firm fan-favourite with her rags to riches story, and she showcased her incredible talent in two seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race.

A number of her Drag Race sisters have shared tributes to the dancing queen on Twitter, with many understandably devastated by the loss.

Farrah Moan tweeted: "Chi Chi was hands down one of my favourite queens to work with. I first met her right after filming season nine. We smoked the fattest blunt and she gave me amazing advice I'll never forget. All my memories with her from the Christmas tours will be in my heart forever. Rest in power sweet angel."

Recent All Stars winner Shea Couleé tweeted: "I'm literally so devastated and sick to my stomach. Wake me up when it's all over."

RuPaul's Drag Race UK star Cheryl Hole wrote: "Chi Chi Devayne was such a light during her season and beyond. She always showed how being humble, honest and your true authentic self will get you far! She was a true star and her legacy will live on forever."

Season one Drag Race queen Ongina said: "Rest in power angel. Seriously one of the nicest people I've ever met. Zavion Davenport, Chi Chi DeVayne, we will miss you."

And season five and All Stars two contestant Roxxxy Andrews wrote: "Rest in peace now my beautiful sister Chi Chi DeVayne. I'm heartbroken."

While World of Wonder, who produce Drag Race, wrote: "We're heartbroken to learn that Chi Chi DeVayne has passed away today. Her drag spread a message of love and kindness that truly touched each person she met. Rest in power, Chi Chi."

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