Remembering Chi Chi DeVayne — Her Legacy on and off ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Chi Chi DeVayne performs onstage during Logo

Dancing diva and fan favourite of season Eight and All-Stars 3 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Chi Chi DeVayne, just lately died of a number of well being points. Her legacy lives on, nonetheless, along with her impression each on and off of this actuality competitors sequence. 

Chi Chi DeVayne was hospitalized just a few weeks previous to her dying

On August 20, the household of drag performer Chi Chi DeVayne shared that she handed away from a number of well being points. Zavion Davenport, identified by the stage title Chi Chi DeVayne, was 34-years-old.

The household wrote that plans for ultimate preparations had been nonetheless forthcoming and shared “his final words to his family and fans, ‘Never give up!’”

According to Entertainment Weekly, “DeVayne was previously hospitalized in July with high blood pressure and suspected kidney failure, telling fans she had catheters to her heart and kidneys surgically installed before undergoing dialysis treatment.”

Chi Chi DeVayne performs onstage during Logo's 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 8
Chi Chi DeVayne performs onstage throughout Logo’s ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season 8 | Santiago Felipe/Getty Images

Chi Chi DeVayne appeared on season Eight and ‘All-Stars 3’ of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

Although she didn’t have the funds that among the different performers had, her coronary heart and charisma at all times shined. (Only Chi Chi may make duct tape bracelets look chique!) She made followers snigger along with her Snatch Game of Eartha Kitt and her confessionals. 

“I used a lot of paper and popsicle sticks,” Chi Chi DeVayne mentioned throughout an interview with Vulture when requested for recommendation for queens on a funds. “Tear up some videotapes and take the tape out. Just look around the house and see, ‘Oh, I have ten of those. I can use that for a costume.’ You have to be smart when you don’t have the resources. Get artsy and craftsy.”

Perhaps what Chi Chi is greatest remembered for is her lip-syncing. Her portrayal of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” will at all times be top-of-the-line moments in RuPaul’s Drag Race herstory. 

On All-Stars 3, she acquired her drag collectively, she acquired her thoughts collectively… all of it got here collectively, child. Although her time on this spinoff was short-lived, she proved that she’s going to at all times be an “All-Star” and a fan favourite performer. Her wigs on wigs on wigs look? One of essentially the most glamorous runways of the season.

Chi Chi Devayne performs onstage during VH1 Presents RuPaul's DragCon Party 'Battle On The Runway' Chi Chi Devayne performs onstage during VH1 Presents RuPaul's DragCon Party 'Battle On The Runway'
Chi Chi Devayne performs onstage throughout VH1 Presents RuPaul’s DragCon Party ‘Battle On The Runway’ | Santiago Felipe/Getty Images

How Chi Chi DeVayne’s buddies will bear in mind her

According to her buddies and fellow Drag Race sisters, outdoors of the competitors, she was simply as loveable and sort. After her passing, some took to social media, describing her as a “ray of light” and a “beautiful soul.”

“Chi Chi was hands down one of my favorite queens to work with. I first met her right after filming season 9… She gave me amazing advice I’ll never forget. All my memories with her from the Christmas tours will be in my heart forever. Rest in power sweet angel,” Farrah Moan tweeted

“I am heartbroken to learn of the passing of Chi Chi DeVayne. 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,” RuPaul mentioned in a statement.

In honor of this drag performer, some followers are donating the Scleroderma Foundation, a nonprofit related to the autoimmune illness she suffered from. To assist Chi Chi’s household with the medical payments, click on here.

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