This is the time of despair. Since the commencement of March 2020, people all over the world have been confined to their homes and are unable to step out in the open. We all are strictly relying on our smartphones and the internet for all sorts of information, news as well as entertainment. Millions of people all over the world have succumbed to various diseases, keeping Coivd-19 at large. Today we will discuss one such loss that was incurred by the American television industry by losing one of the famous drag queens, Chi Chi DeVayne. Who was Chi Chi DeVayne? and, How did she die?- these are the few questions we are going to dig into in this article.
Chi Chi DeVayne was a drag queen hailing from Shreveport, Louisiana, in the United States. Drag queen is a word for the males who uses drag clothing and make-up to imitate females for the sake of entertainment. Chi-Chi became popular internationally after the release of the eighth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, similarly, after the third season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars. Prior to DeVayne’s debut on the Drag Race, she was popular but locally, in and around her native place, i.e., Shreveport.
After the show’s success, DeVayne was widely known and appreciated for the part and her talents. As a result, Chi Chi became a popular name internationally and did a number of international as well as domestic tours. Likewise, DeVayne was seen on various web series which were basically based on drag. At the age of 34, Chi Chi DeVayne died at her native place in Louisiana. The artist was a light-spirited person and was loved by all. People were devastated by the news of her demise. Here are the facts we know regarding Chi Chi’s demise.
How did Chi Chi DeVayne die?
Chi Chi was a famous drag queen, known for her outspoken character in shows like RuPaul’s Drag Race, which gave him popularity and international recognition. And then, there was no going back. DeVayne used to perform at various levels as a kid, and her talents were assessed by her family, fortunately at a very young age. This talented artist left us on August 20, 2020, at the age of 34.
It was in 2018 when DeVayne was diagnosed with scleroderma. It is a disease that results in changes to the skin, blood vessels, muscles, and internal organs. It is an autoimmune disease. Later in 2020, she succumbed to a bout of pneumonia which was contracted due to her stay in hospital for the treatment of kidney failure, which was caused due to scleroderma.
She informed her fans through Instagram on August 15 that she was in the hospital and asked to pray for her well-being. Since her kidney failure, she was succumbed to pneumonia. DaVayne’s friends and co-stars were highly devastated with this news. They kept on posting long condolences and shared some of her memories with everyone.
More about Chi Chi DaVayne
Chi Chi got her share of name and fame through her hard work and dedication. She was originally named Zavion Michael Davenport, but she changed it to Chi Chi DaVayne. Here, Chi Chi was inspired by a character from To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, named ‘Chi-Chi Rodriguez’, whereas DeVayne was from DeVayne drag family of Shreveport. Chi Chi was open about being gay, which was supported by and criticized simultaneously.
She enjoyed using different shades of purple in her makeup. Her sudden hospitalization created chaos among her friends and fans in July 2020. Due to this, a huge amount of money was collected through various fundraising events for Chi Chi’s medical expenses and bills. Later, she expressed her thankfulness to all her fans and friends for their support through social media. These were some of her last posts for her loved ones before the news of her death.
There was a special tribute given to Chi Chi on RuPaul’s Drag Race season 13’s final episode, which was on-air after the drag queen’s demise. Her co-stars from the show Drag Race like Alexis Michelle, Bianca Del Rio, Heidi N Closet, and Kennedy Davenport, to name a few, were the ones who paid tribute to the famous drag queen.