LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – When indications that Sahara Davenport (Antoine Ashley) had may died first surfaced online the night of October 1, 2012, fans were left without words. Antoine Ashley as Sahara Davenport had appeared on network television soap operas, in music videos, in Billboard hit songs, and of course, on RuPaul’s Drag Race. And yet, while it remains today still unclear what day that Sahara Davenport passed, RuPaul called Sahara simply “immortal”.
The first indications of something wrong came on September 30. Partner Manila Luzon that day simply tweeted “I love him so much.” One day passed, and on the evening October 1 details began to surface online. As reported on LALATE, Drag U. Drag Race judge Michelle Visage first gave suggestions that something might be wrong telling fans “God please no” that evening.
Hours later, Visage’s fears were confirmed simply stating “it’s true”. The biggest indicator came moments later when the production company behind RuPaul’s shows, World of World, wrote three words on Twitter. “RIP Shara Davenport.”
By morning, RuPaul explained the news was shocking and hard to comprehend. RuPaul told news that he was “Shocked & heartbroken over @SaharaDavenport. Never occurred to me that we’d ever lose one of my girls. I see them as immortal”.
Logo thereafter issued a news statement honoring Sahara who appeared on Drag Race’s season 2 and found happiness with Manila (aka Karl Westerberg), a seasons three runner up. “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.”
Outpouring of support surfaced online Monday evening. And by Tuesday, GLAAD spokesman Rich Ferraro told news the following “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.” He added “This is a saddening loss and our thoughts are with Sahara’s friends, partner and family.” For more about Sahara’s passing, click HERE. Ashley will be greatly missed. Send your love.