Sahara Davenport R.I.P. GURL :(









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Source: http://atrl.net/forums/showthread.php?t=278452 and multiple Drag Race contestants (FB and Twitter)
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http://www.facebook.com/ninaflowersfans
http://www.facebook.com/jujubeefans
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http://www.facebook.com/pages/BeBe-Zahara-Benet

also her webpage is pretty much down now. Rest In Peace




Still no word.... :(

Reports are flying online that Sahara Davenport, who competed on the second season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” has died. Various sources listed her current age as 27, but a New York Times profile had her at 29 in 2009.

The performer whose real name was Antoine Ashley, finished seventh on the series, behind eventual winner Tyra Sanchez and favorites Raven, Jujubee and Pandora Boxx.

Ashley began a drag career in Dallas while attending Southern Methodist University, where he earned a bachelor of arts in dance. He released several dance singles as Davenport, including “Pump With Me” and “Go Off.” He was in a long-term relationship with fellow drag performer Manila Luzon, another “Drag Race” diva.


Manila Luzon and Sahara Davenport.
“Sahara Davenport” has also been trending on Twitter. Fellow “Drag Race” contestants have posted condolences on their Facebook pages:

Stacy Layne Matthews: Just lost one of my Drag Race sisters….. RIP Sahara Davenport!!!!!!! I love you sis!!!!!!

Jujubee: A beautiful angel has been added to Heaven. Rest in peace my sweet friend. We will miss you, Sahara Davenport.

Tatianna: I’m at a complete loss for words. Rest in peace Miss Sahara Davenport. You were a beautiful person, performer, and sister. I will never forget you or the experiences we had together. Love you always.

Michelle Visage (“Drag Race” judge): It’s true and I have no words. Have to sign off for now kids, can’t handle this. XOXO

Luzon posted a single, simple status Sunday night. “I love him so much.”
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RIP, Sahara Davenport. You'll be missed.
The RuPaul's Drag Race contestant has sadly died at the age of 27, prompting an outpouring of grief from the show that made him famous.
"Shocked & heartbroken over @SaharaDavenport," tweeted RuPaul. "Never occurred to me that we'd ever lose one of my girls. I see them as immortal."
No word yet on the cause of death. But Logo, the network that airs the reality series, mourned the loss of a drag queen sensation.
"Logo is profoundly saddened by the passing of Antoine Ashley who fans around the world knew and loved as Sahara Davenport," read a statement from the cable channel. "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."
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Davenport, aka Antoine Ashley, was born in Dallas and became interested in drag while studying classical dance at Southern Methodist University. After moving to New York City, he made a name for himself performing at various gay bars and nightclubs as well as appearing in ABC's One Life to Live and A&E's 15 Films About Madonna.
Davenport also appeared in music videos, including David Guetta and Chris Willis' "Getting' Over."
But it was his stint competing on the second season of RuPaul's Drag Race for which Ashley is perhaps best remembered despite being eliminated in episode six.

"A beautiful angel has been added to Heaven. Rest in peace my sweet friend. We will miss you, Sahara Davenport," wrote fellow Drag Racer JuJu Boston on Twitter.
Added GLAAD spokesman Rich Ferraro: "In addition to being a talented performer, we also remember the great work of Antoine Ashley, known to many fans as Sahara Davenport, in support of LGBT youth organizations and GLAAD. This is a saddening loss and our thoughts are with Sahara's friends, partner and family."
Davenport is survived by boyfriend and Drag Race third season runner-up Manila Luzon, whose real name is Karl Westerberg. He tweeted Sunday night, "I love him so much.
—Additional reporting by Marc Malkin
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Antoine Ashley, better known as the drag queen Sahara Davenport who competed on the second season of "RuPaul's Drag Race," has died at age 27.

"Logo is profoundly saddened by the passing of Antoine Ashley who fans around the world knew and loved as Sahara Davenport," the Logo network posted Tuesday on its Facebook page. "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."


"Karl" refers to Karl Westerberg, who performs under the name Manila Luzon and can be seen with Sahara in the video above (Sahara's on the right). Manila also competed on "Drag Race," coming in runner-up on Season 3, and is in the cast of "RuPaul's Drag Race: All-Stars," which premieres Oct. 22.

"I love him so much," Westerberg posted Sunday on his Manila Luzon Twitter account and Facebook page, where fans by the hundreds expressed their condolences and support Tuesday.

"Shocked & heartbroken over @SaharaDavenport," RuPaul tweeted on Tuesday. "Never occurred to me that we'd ever lose one of my girls. I see them as immortal."


A cause of death and further details have not been announced in the case.

Ashley, a Dallas native, relocated to New York City after earning a bachelor of fine arts degree at Southern Methodist University, according to People magazine. The classically trained actor had a handful roles in addition to the "Drag Race" appearance, had released singles and performed regularly on the New York drag scene.
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The family and friends of Sahara Davenport, also known as Antoine Ashley, have just released the following statement about the cause of Sahara’s sudden passing:

It is with the greatest sadness that we must confirm the death of Antoine Ashley, also known as Sahara Davenport, from the second season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Antoine passed away due to heart failure on October 1, 2012, at John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland. He was twenty-seven years old.

Antoine’s mother, Angela Ashley Reddish, spoke on behalf of the family. “I thank God for giving me an Angel Antoine Ashley to share with the rest of the world. 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.”

Boyfriend of six years and fellow drag entertainer Karl Westerberg (aka Manila Luzon) had this to say: “Antoine lived to entertain the world as Sahara Davenport, and the world was in awe over his extreme talent. But his heart is what made us all fall in love with him. 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. Your legacy lives on in me and all of us you’ve touched.”

In memory, Sahara asks that you, “Live, love, and believe.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with Sahara’s family and friends at this difficult time.
http://www.newnownext.com/sahara-davenport-death-official-statement/10/2012/

It is with the greatest sadness that we must confirm the death of Antoine Ashley, also known as Sahara Davenport, from the second season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Antoine passed away due to heart failure on October 1, 2012, at John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland. He was twenty-seven years old.

Antoine's mother, Angela Ashley Reddish, spoke on behalf of the family. "I thank God for giving me an Angel Antoine Ashley to share with the rest of the world. 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."

Boyfriend of six years and fellow drag entertainer Karl Westerberg (aka Manila Luzon) had this to say: “Antoine lived to entertain the world as Sahara Davenport, and the world was in awe over his extreme talent. But his heart is what made us all fall in love with him. 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. Your legacy lives on in me and all of us you've touched."


Antoine learned the art of drag on the Dallas nightclub circuit while earning a B.F.A. in dance performance from Southern Methodist University. Upon graduation, he moved to New York City where he began modeling, commercial acting, and professional dancing. He soon launched his successful drag career in the NYC nightlife scene. In 2008 Antoine received a Glammy Award for Best Dance Performer (already a 2007 nominee and Miss National F.F.I.) and competed in the top twelve of the 2009 National Miss USofA pageant as Miss Gay New Jersey USofA. Known for his high energy dancing, arguably the most spectacular "Lip Sync For Your Life" performed on ballet pointe shoes, this popular contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race has credits in cabaret, television, and music. Recent milestones include Sahara's debut single "Pump With Me", as well as “Go Off!”, a dance song that reached Number 35 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart and an appearance in Manila Luzon’s “Best XXXcessory” music video released on September 18.

Though best remembered for his work on Logo TV, Antoine did stints with MTV, CW, Bravo, Oxygen, Sony, A&E, and Voom HD.

“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.”

The network has planned a tribute on October 5. "We’ll be running an all-day marathon of Sahara’s season along with Untucked, with her final episode airing at 10:00 p.m. EST on Friday. We’ll be airing Sahara fan tweets all day long in conjunction with the marathon." -Jason Shumaker, Director, Communications and Public Affairs, Logo/VH1-

Logo will also dedicate the first episode of RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race to Sahara’s memory on October 22. Please tune in.


RuPaul tweeted, "Shocked & heartbroken over @SaharaDavenport. Never occurred to me that we'd ever lose one of my girls. I see them as immortal.”


A private funeral service is being scheduled for October 12 or 13 at Snowden Funeral Home, 246 North Washington Street, Rockville, MD 20850.

A public memorial celebration, including tribute performances by Sahara's industry friends and performers is planned for Friday, November 2, at XL Nightclub in NYC. More information will be provided soon on Sahara Davenport's Facebook Fan Page.


In memory, Sahara asks that you, "Live, love, and believe."


Donations to the Ashley family can be sent via PayPal to: saharadavenportmemory@gmail.com

Flowers, condolences, and checks can be mailed to Antoine’s mother: Angela Ashley Reddish at 1013 59th Avenue, Fairmount Heights, MD 20743
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