Chi Chi DeVayne — the stage name of Zavion Davenport, an accomplished entertainer who competed on RuPaul’s Drag Race season 8 and All-Stars 3 — has died at age 34, Entertainment Weekly confirmed.
News of DeVayne’s passing came Thursday, less than a week after DeVayne informed her Instagram followers that she was back in the hospital.
“Keep me in your prayers. I’ll be back soon,” DeVayne said in a video message shared Saturday morning, which showed her laying down in a hospital bed.
In July, DeVayne was hospitalized with high blood pressure and suspected kidney failure, but she was later discharged, according to the outlet.
“I am heartbroken to learn of the passing of Chi Chi DeVayne,” RuPaul said in a statement. “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.” –RuPaul (2/2)
— RuPaul’s Drag Race (@RuPaulsDragRace) August 20, 2020
“An angel! Can’t believe this,” winner Jaida Essence Hall captioned an Instagram post.
— Courtney Act (@courtneyact) August 20, 2020
Chi Chi 💔 My heart is breaking. You were such a light, a rare talent, a kind and generous spirit and a force of nature on the stage. Rest well, sister. 🕊 pic.twitter.com/XRkxnjzisq
— BeBe Black Lives Matter Benet (@BeBeZaharaBenet) August 20, 2020
RIP Chi Chi DeVayne (Zavion Davenport) the heart of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 8 and All Stars 3.
“Never be ashamed of how you walk… talk… because that is going to be the key to your success.” #RIPChiChiDeVayne pic.twitter.com/XsJ5ZaY0yQ
— Omri (@Omri_Rawrlan) August 20, 2020