Antoine Ashley of 'RuPaul's Drag Race' dies at 27

By the Associated Press | October 3, 2012 | 5:34 PM EDT

FILE - In this March 19, 2011, file photo, Manila Luzon and Antoine Ashley, known as, Sahara Davenport arrive to the 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York. The Logo TV channel says that Antoine Ashley, a contestant who competed on "RuPaul's Drag Race" as Sahara Davenport, has died. Ashley was 27. A channel spokesman says the cause of Ashley's death Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, was not immediately released.(AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A contestant who competed on "RuPaul's Drag Race" as Sahara Davenport died of heart failure. Antoine Ashley was 27.

Ashley died from heart failure on Monday at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., according to a statement from his manager, David Charpentier.

The Logo TV channel said in a statement Tuesday that Ashley was "an amazing artist and entertainer who'll be deeply missed."

He was a contestant on "RuPaul's Drag Race" in 2010. The classically trained dancer also released a dance single, "Go Off," this year.

RuPaul tweeted that Antoine Ashley's death has left him shocked and heartbroken.

Antoine's mother, Angela Ashley Reddish, spoke on behalf of the family thanking supporters and adding, "our Angel is now dancing in heaven." Boyfriend of six years and fellow drag entertainer Karl Westerberg said the world was awed by his talent, "But his heart is what made us all fall in love with him."