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These Were Chi Chi DeVayne's Final Words to Fans Before Passing

Chi Chi Devayne

Her family has released a statement on social media.

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After news initially broke of the death of 34-year-old drag performer and entertainer Chi Chi DeVayne, the performer's family made an official statement late Thursday. DeVayne, who rose to prominence on RuPaul's Drag Race had been receiving tributes throughout the day not only from fellow alum of the show, but also from fans who knew the performer as kind-hearted and loving.

"On behalf of the Davenport/Wyandon family it is with tremendous sorrow that my family and I announce the passing of my beloved son Zavion Michael Davenport, the world-renowned 'Chi Chi DeVayne,'" the family wrote in an Instagram post uploaded to DeVayne's official Instagram account. "Out of respect for the immediate family, please await additional information and directives regarding the final arrangements, memorials, and the method to remit condolences and expressions of kindness.

"His final words to his family and fans 'Never give up!'" the note read.

Davenport was raised in Shreveport, Louisiana and started as a performer early, participating in gymnastics, talent shows, and more. He was also a trained dancer taking ballet as well as modern forms. Due to his environment, he also joined gangs, something he would later reveal to the world on television. He made his name globally as Chi Chi DeVayne.

DeVayne hailed from the Louisiana drag family of DeVayne. Prior to appearing on Drag Race she had been working three jobs to make ends meet: working as a drag artist, washing cars, and working in a grocery store. She brought her Creole upbringing to the show but also drew attention to the paradox of drag acceptance on television with the violent homophobia of her small hometown.

In the wake of DeVayne's death, followers have not only been sharing her high-energy, passionate lip-syncs but also the words of encouragement she shared, providing a light when many needed it. She will always be remembered as our Southern Bayou Queen and an All Star, having competed on season three of the spin-off series.

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Mikelle Street

Mikelle is the former editorial director of digital for PrideMedia, guiding digital editorial and social across Out, The Advocate, Pride.com, Out Traveler, and Plus. After starting as a freelancer for Out in 2013, he joined the staff as Senior Editor working across print and digital in 2018. In early 2021 he became Out's digital director, marking a pivot to content that centered queer and trans stories and figures, exclusively. In September 2021, he was promoted to editorial director of PrideMedia. He has written cover stories on Ricky Martin, Miss Fame, Nyle DiMarco, Jeremy O. Harris, Law Roach, and Symone.

Mikelle is the former editorial director of digital for PrideMedia, guiding digital editorial and social across Out, The Advocate, Pride.com, Out Traveler, and Plus. After starting as a freelancer for Out in 2013, he joined the staff as Senior Editor working across print and digital in 2018. In early 2021 he became Out's digital director, marking a pivot to content that centered queer and trans stories and figures, exclusively. In September 2021, he was promoted to editorial director of PrideMedia. He has written cover stories on Ricky Martin, Miss Fame, Nyle DiMarco, Jeremy O. Harris, Law Roach, and Symone.