Sahara Davenport's Cause of Death Revealed + Family Statement

Days ago Sahara Davenport, known mostly as the driven dancer on Season 3 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, met an untimely homegoing.

The family has released a statement exposing the cause of death which has been a hot topic since rumors of his passing hit the net:

It is with the greatest sadness that we must confirm the death of Antoine Ashley, also known as Sahara Davenport, from the second season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Antoine passed away due to heart failure on October 1, 2012, at John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland. He was twenty-seven years old.

Antoine’s mother, Angela Ashley Reddish, spoke on behalf of the family. “I thank God for giving me an Angel Antoine Ashley to share with the rest of the world. My family and I would like to thank everyone for their condolences and support. We know that our Angel is now dancing in heaven. May God bless each and everyone.”

Boyfriend of six years and fellow drag entertainer Karl Westerberg (aka Manila Luzon) had this to say: “Antoine lived to entertain the world as Sahara Davenport, and the world was in awe over his extreme talent. But his heart is what made us all fall in love with him. To me he will always be my best friend, my hero, my Diva, and I have always considered myself more than lucky to have him be forever a part of my life. Thank you, hon, for bringing so much beauty to all of us. Your legacy lives on in me and all of us you’ve touched.”

In memory, Sahara asks that you, “Live, love, and believe.”

I still have trouble coping … still can’t believe the world lost such an amazing talent.

R.I.P. Sahara


  • 4 Oct 2012 | Permalink | Reply


  • bb
    4 Oct 2012 | Permalink | Reply

    Last weekend I could have sworn I saw Sahara on the train in NYC. I kept looking, and I wanted to say something, and I just didn’t know how to approach her. She had on a gray fur vest, black leggings and shirt, and a naaaaaaaaaaasty coiffured strawberry auburn wig. I’m so saddened by her passing! RIP Sahara!

  • 5 Oct 2012 | Permalink | Reply

    This is just beyond sad. It’s definitely a sign that we can’t take our health for granted just because we’re young. When I felt the slightest lump in my breast, I went and had it checked out. Illness, heart problems, etc, DO NOT discriminate.

  • Hello
    7 Oct 2012 | Permalink | Reply

    I don’t get the logo channel. So I haven’t had the opportunity to view
    Ru Paul’s Drag Race since it first premiered on VH1. However, I am very shocked and saddened by Sarah’s death and wish his family peace.

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