We’re heartbroken to learn that Chi Chi DeVayne passed away today after a brief battle with pneumonia, just weeks after she was admitted to the hospital with suspected kidney failure. She was 34.
Her drag spread a message of love and kindness that truly touched each person she met.
Earlier this year, DeVayne was diagnosed with scleroderma, a chronic incurable illness that causes the skin to tighten and thick scar tissues to form around internal organs, thereby impairing the ability to function.
The Shreveport, La. native rose to national prominence on season 8 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, where she dazzled with her quick wit and personality before finishing the competition in fourth place. DeVayne was later asked to return to compete on the third All-Stars spin-off in 2018, but was eliminated on the fourth episode. Still, she often credited the series with inspiring her to evolve her skills in an art form that served as a gateway for her to escape a difficult upbringing involving gangs and struggles with her sexuality.
Tributes have been pouring in from her Drag Race family:
I am heartbroken to learn of the passing of Chi Chi DeVayne.RuPaul
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.
Memorials and contributions to the family to help with expenses can be sent via Cashapp: $AlberteenD