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RuPaul's Drag Race Contestant Sahara Davenport Has Died

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Sahara Davenport (Antoine Ashley), 27, a popular contestant on Season 2 of RuPaul's Drag Race has died, according to reports from fellow Drag Race queens. Details on the cause of death have not been published.

Davenport was dating Manila Luzon, who posted a brief message on Facebook: "I love him so much."

RIP.

Sahara Davenport's video for her single "Go Off", AFTER THE JUMP...

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RuPaul tweeted her reaction to the news: "Shocked & heartbroken over Sahara Davenport. Never occurred to me that we'd ever lose one of my girls. I see them as immortal"

LOGO released a statement: “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.”

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  1. RIP but seriously, not the best drag queen I've ever seen. The video is horrible.

    Posted by: Jack M | Oct 2, 2012 8:13:11 AM


  2. If this is true it's a devastating blow. She was - by all accounts - a much loved and beautiful human being with so much still to offer the world.

    Posted by: Tristram | Oct 2, 2012 8:16:36 AM


  3. It's always surprising when someone is taken in their youth. I'm not typically a fan of this genre of music, but I thought the video was fine for a low budget, first effort..not that this should be a referendum on the video. The song was kinda catchy too. RIP, Saraha.

    Posted by: Gary | Oct 2, 2012 8:21:16 AM


  4. Dude....have some respect!!! "Fags" these days. Despite the video, Sahara was a great performer and a beautiful spirit. Wonder how much talent you have???

    Posted by: O_o | Oct 2, 2012 8:23:25 AM


  5. Quite a boring video, full of that type of man that we're apparently supposed to find attractive (like Janet Weiss (the character in Rocky Horror, not the drummer), I don't like muscles). Still, I'm sure it's very sad for friends and family (I'm not familiar with the show or the person, so I don't really know enough to comment about those).

    Posted by: Tim | Oct 2, 2012 8:30:25 AM


  6. I didn't even know until now, I was shocked. Wow, she was one of my favorites too.

    Posted by: Katherine | Oct 2, 2012 8:35:34 AM


  7. Jack M, what the hell wrong with you? What the hell does it matter at this point whether you think she was the best drag queen or not? r u RuPaul? Were u a judge on the show? do u have a song and music video? no no and no...a talented, respected, well known and well liked member of our community has died...can you not be a judge judy, get off your gay holier-than-thou podium and show a morsel of respect for her death and those she left behind...seriously...wow

    Posted by: Phil | Oct 2, 2012 9:00:25 AM


  8. Can we just stop trying to judge her right now? She's dead. All of what she has done doesn't matter at this point. All that matters is that this is a very sad thing, and being judgmental about what she did in her lifetime is just making it worse. Mourn and respect the dead, okay.

    Posted by: Sam | Oct 2, 2012 9:14:01 AM


  9. Between the obvious trolls and the socially maladjusted it's getting like Yahoo comments here.

    Posted by: ryan | Oct 2, 2012 9:24:10 AM


  10. @Ryan
    Towleroad is a HIGH quality gay website with LOW quality comment threads. Kinda sad. Idiots arguing with each other over BS and comments that could have been written by a 15 year old on facebook.

    Posted by: qjersey201@gmail.com | Oct 2, 2012 9:39:42 AM


  11. I had the pleasure of hanging out with her a few times lately. It's unreal people are slamming her on this thread.

    Posted by: Michael | Oct 2, 2012 9:43:58 AM


  12. Very Sad. on so many levels.

    Posted by: ashli | Oct 2, 2012 9:56:22 AM


  13. Very Sad. on so many levels.

    Posted by: ashli | Oct 2, 2012 9:56:24 AM


  14. RIP, you will be missed. My condolences to Manila Luzon.

    Posted by: Ajai | Oct 2, 2012 9:56:56 AM


  15. I had the privilege of meeting her three times. She was such an amazing person. She was and still is an inspiration and a role model to me. Rest in peace, Sahara. I love you.

    Posted by: Pamela | Oct 2, 2012 10:21:36 AM


  16. some people don't deserve computers. they should be forced to search for the meaning of "respect".
    even those on the "good" side calling people "Fags". that's just as gross.

    everyone seems to want to appear as just the wittiest thing to ever use a keyboard and look at the kind of 'conversation' that ensues.
    thanks for my human ick moment for the day.

    Posted by: pork | Oct 2, 2012 10:23:24 AM


  17. HE'S dead, guys, HE, not SHE. Even his boyfriend wrote, "I love HIM so much."

    It's truly sad. I hope his partner can take some consolation that he brought joy to so many lives as "Sahara Davenport."

    Posted by: rocker rocker | Oct 2, 2012 10:24:14 AM


  18. Enough with the bashing -- now is NOT the time. You all really need to learn a thing or two about being appropriate.
    This is such a tragic loss for the drag community -- Sahara was a fierce performer, a beautiful person, and an inspiration to so many fans. My heart goes out to her friends and family, especially Manila <3

    Posted by: Madeleine | Oct 2, 2012 10:37:42 AM


  19. RIP Sahara Davenport; My heart goes out to his family and friends, especially Manila. Go Make Heaven Glamorous for all of us!!!

    Posted by: TruthHurts | Oct 2, 2012 10:43:35 AM


  20. I met Antoine at a friend's party (he was performing in a show that said friend had written)... he was an incredibly sweet person: very friendly and warm, not the least bit "diva-ish"...

    I'm sorry for your loss, Karl.

    Posted by: Rich F. | Oct 2, 2012 10:51:05 AM


  21. @Rocker Rocker: Many of us met HER and never met HIM. You obviously don't hang out with drag queens. Of course HIS boyfriend said "him" because Manilla wasn't dating just the drag queen.

    Get over it and figure out the terms. If I, or anyone else, ever met HIM then we would have said so.

    Posted by: Michael | Oct 2, 2012 10:58:40 AM


  22. @Rocker Rocker: Many of us met HER and never met HIM. You obviously don't hang out with drag queens. Of course HIS boyfriend said "him" because Manilla wasn't dating just the drag queen.

    Get over it and figure out the terms. If I, or anyone else, ever met HIM then we would have said so.

    Posted by: Michael | Oct 2, 2012 10:58:42 AM


  23. So very young. My hearts are with Manila and all of their loved ones.

    Posted by: Kevin_BGFH | Oct 2, 2012 11:05:01 AM


  24. RIP Sahara (Antoine) Davenport. My heart is breaking for his family and partner Manila (Karl) Luzon. I his family can find peace. For those of you who think now is the time to judge her performance as a drag queen, shame on you! You are entitled to your opinion, but this is not the time or place.

    Posted by: RIPsahara | Oct 2, 2012 11:14:55 AM


  25. I really can believe how much disrespect some people have. To come on here and say negative things about Sahara or Antoine is just rude. I did meet her, she was sweet and kind. My heart goes out to the family and to Manilla. RIP Sahara. You will be missed

    Posted by: sandi shader | Oct 2, 2012 11:15:51 AM


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