‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Star Chi Chi DeVayne Dies At 34 [CONDOLENCES]

Chi Chi DeVayne

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Star Chi Chi DeVayne Dies At 34 [CONDOLENCES]

Chi Chi DeVayne, 34, one of the popular and well-loved contestants from the long-running reality competition show “RuPaul’s Drag Race” has died after being hospitalized with pneumonia. She was featured in the third season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars” and initially made her mark as a contestant on the eighth season of “Drag Race.” (Contestants of the shows typically use pronouns interchangeably.)

Her Southern charm, creative fashions, and classically-trained dancing ability won over the judges and fans alike.

Offstage, the talented performer was known as Zavion Davenport. His family posted a photo of their beloved on his Instagram page to sadly confirm the reports. The text on the photo begins with a Bible verse and also says:

We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. II Corinthians 5:8

On behalf of the Davenport/Wyandon Family

It is with tremendous sorrow that my family and I announce the passing of my beloved son, Zavion Michael Davenport, the world renowned “Chi Chi DeVayne.” Out of respect for the immediate family, please await additional information and directives regarding the final arrangements, memorials, and the method to remit condolences and expressions of kindness. His final words to his family and fans, “Never Give Up!”

The Shreveport, Louisiana native was reportedly diagnosed with scleroderma, a chronic illness that affects the skin and causes thick tissue to develop around internal organs which causes them not to function properly. In an interview, she described the illness as “incurable” and said:

It’s hard when you go from being at the top of your game and then … something like this hits.


RuPaul Charles, the creator of both shows, released a statement on the passing of Chi Chi DeVayne:

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.

Many of Chi Chi DeVayne‘s fellow drag queens and alumni from “Drag Race” and “All-Stars” as well as fans have taken to social media to share their sadness and memories:


Prayers to the family of Zavion Michael Davenport a.k.a. Chi Chi DeVayne. 

Authored by: Sincerely Liz