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RuPaul's Drag Race Contestant Sahara Davenport Has Died


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."


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


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. ---I *hope* his family can find peace. ---

    Posted by: RIPsahara | Oct 2, 2012 11:17:10 AM

  2. A lot of the comments on this thread should hopefully prove who is a "fag" and who is "gay".

    I actually haven't seen Sahara perform, but some bitter queens mocking production values when someone JUST DIED need to silence themselves.

    Some of the comments on this thread are the very reason we aren't respected.

    Posted by: Lance | Oct 2, 2012 11:32:23 AM

  3. How terribly sad. I feel sorry for his boyfriend and loved ones.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Oct 2, 2012 11:36:23 AM

  4. I would be willing to bet that the average life span of drag queens is less than 35 years.

    The low self-esteem issues simply devour them, whether through drug abuse, alcohol abuse, acquisition of STDs, or what have you....

    No man who has surrendered his masculinity can ever have any self-respect.

    Really tragic to see the consequences of the culture of effeminacy that oppression has wrought.....

    Posted by: Rick | Oct 2, 2012 11:40:34 AM

  5. You will be missed on UNLEASHED!
    Sahara Davenport Interview on David Alan & Liz Stone UNLEASHED!

    Posted by: David Alan | Oct 2, 2012 11:41:24 AM

  6. I'm actually pretty sad about this

    Posted by: reality | Oct 2, 2012 11:47:35 AM

  7. bless you, antoine, and your loved ones that you touched.

    Posted by: oc | Oct 2, 2012 12:06:32 PM

  8. Rick,

    Would you please stuff it? Why don't you post a picture of yourself so we can see hwo "manly" you really are? It'd be a safe bet you're just like every other queen who wants to scream about how not-gay they come across: You're probably the biggest Nelly on this thread.

    Posted by: Michael | Oct 2, 2012 12:13:50 PM

  9. I just read about the passing of a beautiful person and a talented performer Sahara Davenport/ Antoine Ashley. I would like to send out my condolences to his family a friends in this time of grief. Bless you all and Rest In Peace Diva

    Posted by: Dee Haynes | Oct 2, 2012 12:14:17 PM

  10. "bless you, antoine, and your loved ones that you touched."

    That is such an awesomely awkward phrasing of condolences that you should consider it stolen.

    Posted by: kipp | Oct 2, 2012 12:16:26 PM

  11. rick reaches new levels of pathetic, please don't feed the trolls. If only there were a way to ignore comments from user before they're displayed or have the username come FIRST so I can just skip seeing someone so shamelessly try to draw attention to themselves time and again while contributing nothing relevant

    RIP honey, and heart out to Karl/Manila

    Posted by: MaddM@ | Oct 2, 2012 12:20:00 PM

  12. How about not bashing anyone's masculinity/femininity as if either were ideal? Sahara/Antoine was who s/he chose to be, and reasons for it don't matter, unless you're his/her best friend/partner. The whys of people's behavior aren't your business as a fan. The best we can do here is express sadness for the loss of a young person who clearly had a a lot of energy and heart and offer condolences to the loved ones left behind. Honestly, the way people act. . .

    Posted by: Sarah | Oct 2, 2012 12:25:00 PM

  13. Someone tell us what was the cause of death.

    Posted by: Billy Crytical | Oct 2, 2012 12:31:06 PM

  14. "reasons for it don't matter"

    Yes, they do matter because they can be prevented. Nothing is more sickening than seeing young men being initiated into the culture of effeminacy and having their lives destroyed by it......when it does not have to be that way.

    Posted by: Rick | Oct 2, 2012 12:34:09 PM

  15. Even in drag he was more man than I'll ever be.

    Posted by: Rick | Oct 2, 2012 12:38:45 PM

  16. I would like to send my deepest Condolences and Sympathies to the family and friends of Sahara Davenport and Sahara's partner the Manila Luzon . It saddens me to have
    say that Sahara has passed away yesterday.
    I am in complete and utter shock. Waking up and seeing that such a beautiful soul has passed on is just so heartbreaking. I was so blessed to have been able to watch this fabulous queen on her season.
    There is no news yet on how this happened . Sahara was most famous for her season on Rupauls Drag Race . She stole our hearts with her amazing talent, sweet personality and joy about life. The Drag Community and the LGBT Community is in mourning today as we have lost one of our own.

    May you rest in Peace Sahara. You are now a Angel watching over all of us . Thank you for sharing your life with us and for impacting so many of us. We love you so much and your talent will forever be a part of all of our lives! Dance freely sweet Angel xoxo

    Posted by: Tiara Mimosa | Oct 2, 2012 12:48:03 PM

  17. let's see, a proud brave young man who brought many joy to others via performance....or the insecure closeted homosexuals who don't have the balls to Live Out Loud and instead anonymously vent their fury on online messageboards.

    who's the victim? certainly not the one who's out living fearlessly in the real world.

    RIP, Sahara. You brave and beautiful thing.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 2, 2012 1:10:51 PM

  18. @ Rick: Do, please, crawl back under your bridge. Need I remind you who fought back during Stonewall?

    Learn your history, troll.

    Posted by: Rich F. | Oct 2, 2012 1:15:21 PM

  19. RIP hunty!!! you're up in heaven showing God your fierce self. LOVE^_^

    Posted by: Alexander | Oct 2, 2012 1:35:02 PM

  20. one of the best things about brave folks like Sahara is that they inspire similar bravery in others, and inspire The Haters to sit alone miserably at home.

    so we get a world of people who live out loud and have fun, while the insecure and furious self-loathers sit at home and stew over it.

    so thank you, Sahara, and your sisters in spirit, for doing what you did to make sure the Real Gay World is troll-free. :)

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 2, 2012 1:37:23 PM

  21. The world loses another fabulous talent. My condolences to Manila and Sahara's family.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Oct 2, 2012 2:30:29 PM

  22. All I know of Sahara Davenport is what I could glean from the show, I don't remember him ever saying anything bad about another contestant and you could tell from both his and Manila Luzon's references to each other they had a deep and caring relationship. I don't doubt he was one of the good people on this earth. Sorry for his family and loved ones for their loss.

    Posted by: jersey | Oct 2, 2012 2:33:13 PM

  23. Please read more critically, Rick. I said that the reasons s/he chose to be who s/he was don't matter. S/he lived the life that seemed best to him/her and that isn't your business, nor is it mine. We don't know how s/he died, and we might never know. It's honestly not our business unless his/her family choose to include us. And precisely what is it that you're saying about me if "effeminacy" is such a terrible thing? As a woman, should I "butch up" and live in a way that isn't authentic to me because "femininity" or "effeminacy" is such a terrible thing? This attitude is what's honestly wrong with the world; that people need to live in keeping with the views of what is "right" for others. . . Also, I know a good hundred or so queens (IRL). . . of those I'd say that 50% or so (and all of my close friends(10-12 or so) who are professional female impersonators) are over 35. Of that number, half are totally straight-edged (don't smoke, drink, do drugs, etc). So let's try not to make so many foolish blanket comments, 'Kay?

    Posted by: Sarah | Oct 2, 2012 2:37:06 PM

  24. My sincerest condolences to His friends and family...

    Posted by: "The Gay" | Oct 2, 2012 3:16:58 PM

  25. "As a woman, should I "butch up" and live in a way that isn't authentic to me because "femininity" or "effeminacy" is such a terrible thing?"

    No, Sarah, of course not. Femininity comes as naturally to women as masculinity does to men--and is driven more by physiological factors than by cultural factors.

    Men who behave effeminately and women who "butch it up" have simply internalized the old societal notion that homosexuality is unnatural and a reflection of gender confusion....and they are acting out that ideology accordingly, when in reality, homosexuality is entirely natural and entirely compatible with masculinity in men and femininity in women.

    Posted by: Rick | Oct 2, 2012 4:29:41 PM

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