I’m truly shocked and saddened by this. At the young age of 27-years-old, drag superstar Sahara Davenport has passed away. The cause of his death has yet to be made public, but several sources close to him have confirmed his death. His longtime boyfriend, Karl Westerberg, tweeted, “I love him so much”. As you might now Karl competed on the third season of the Logo reality show as Manila Luzon. I can’t even imagine what he’s going through. Davenport wowed viewers during his time on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 2 where he placed seventh.
“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.” – Logo network
Born Antoine Ashley, Sahara Davenport originally hails from Gaithersburg, Maryland. He was a classically trained dancer and began dabbling in drag while studying at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance. Upon graduation he moved to New York where he blossomed. During his career he appeared on ABC’s One Life To Live and A&E’s 15 Films About Madonna. He also popped up in music videos for David Guetta and Chris Will’s “Getting Over“. Sahara also released two singles of his own, “Pump With Me” and “Go Off“. In addition, Davenport and his boyfriend Manila Luzon released a cover of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” last Decemeber.
“Shocked & heartbroken over @SaharaDavenport. Never occurred to me that we’d ever lose one of my girls. I see them as immortal.” – RuPaul
“I love him so much,” – Manila Luzon
“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,” GLAAD spokesperson Rich Ferraro says in a statement. “This is a saddening loss and our thoughts are with Sahara’s friends, partner and family.” – GLAAD
I wonder if RuPaul will acknowledge his passing when RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars premieres on Logo on October 22. Our hearts truly go out to his family and friends. Sahara Davenport will definitely be missed.
UPDATE: Antoine Ashley died from heart failure on Monday at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., according to a statement from his manager, David Charpentier.