Death of Chi Chi DeVayne: what is scleroderma, the disease for which the reality star was hospitalized?

The news of his death was like a bombshell in the world of reality TV. On Thursday August 20, 2020, Chi Chi DeVayne, née Zavion Davenport, passed away at the age of 34. The star of the reality TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race, has died of pneumonia. “I am heartbroken to learn of the disappearance of Chi Chi DeVayne. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to know his kindness and his magnificent soul”, reacted RuPaul, presenter of the program which bears his name. A few weeks ago, Chi Chi DeVayne was diagnosed with scleroderma, an autoimmune disease affecting the tissue between cells, by a buildup of collagen. Then, since July 2020, his state of health had deteriorated further. After being hospitalized for suspected kidney failure, he was hospitalized again on August 16 for pneumonia. Complications due to “too long a period without going to see a doctor,” said Chi Chi DeVayne, who was far from suspecting that he was sending his last message to his many fans.

Shortly after the news of her death was announced, her family released an official statement on the star’s Instagram page. “On behalf of the Davenport / Wyandon family, it is with great sadness that my family and I announce the passing of my beloved son Zavion Michael Davenport, the famous Chi Chi DeVayne. Out of respect for the family, please wait for additional information and guidelines regarding final arrangements, memorials and method of delivering condolences and expressions of kindness. His final words to family and friends: ‘Never give up’. ”

RuPaul’s Drag Race personalities pay tribute to Chi Chi DeVayne

Soon, many people from RuPaul’s Drag Race paid tribute to the drag queen. She will leave a great void behind her.

Chi Chi DeVayne © Instagram Capture

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