Chi Chi DeVayne Wiki – Biography
Chi Chi DeVayne was an American drag queen and reality television personality who came to international attention on the eighth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race and the third season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars. Following her time on the show, DeVayne was featured on several web series about drag. She was diagnosed with scleroderma in 2018, and two years later, she died following a bout of pneumonia she contracted after a hospital stays for scleroderma-related kidney failure.
DeVayne took the first name Chi-Chi from the film To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar and the surname DeVayne from the DeVayne drag family of Shreveport. Her drag mothers are Kourtni DeVayne and Lady Phat Kat. DeVayne enjoyed using different shades of purple makeup.
DeVayne competed in the eighth season of Drag Race, which began airing on March 7, 2016. HuffPost’s James Michael Nichols stated that “Chi-Chi was the dark-horse this season, walking through the doors in the first episode in a dress literally made out of garbage bags.” DeVayne made it to the top four but was eliminated before Kim Chi and Naomi Smalls; Bob the Drag Queen took the crown. DeVayne said of the experience: “It changed everything in my life. Everything has turned in a different direction. Before, I was just like, ‘What’s a good job that I could get here in town, working in a factory.’ It’s crazy.”
She appeared on RuPaul’s podcast RuPaul: What’s The Tee with Michelle Visage in 2016. The next year, she was part of a holiday tour in November called A Drag Queen Christmas. In March 2018, DeVayne was a part of Max Emerson’s Drag Babies series, which was hosted by Bob the Drag Queen. She served as a drag mentor alongside Peppermint and Shuga Cain. DeVayne was asked to come back to Drag Race for the third season of All-Stars, which premiered on January 25, 2018. She was eliminated in the fourth episode, originally placing seventh. She ultimately finished eighth after Morgan McMichaels returned to the competition.
Chi Chi DeVayne Age
Chi Chi DeVayne was 34 years old. She was born on September 24, 1985, in Shreveport, Louisiana, United States. She died on August 20, 2020.
In 2018, Davenport was diagnosed with scleroderma. On July 17, 2020, he was rushed to the hospital for kidney failure related to scleroderma. Two days later, he posted an update on social media saying, “I let it go too long without going to the doctor and these are the consequences,” as well as showing appreciation for the outpouring of support from fans and colleagues. He stated that he was undergoing dialysis treatment. Later that year, he was re-admitted into the hospital after being diagnosed with pneumonia.
Cause of Death
She has died aged 34, on August 20, 2020. A statement from DeVayne’s family described their “tremendous sorrow” and added that “[Davenport’s] final words to family and fans [were] ‘never give up’”.
World of Wonder, the production company that makes Drag Race, released a statement saying they were “heartbroken” to hear of the news, adding that DeVayne “spread a message of love and kindness that truly touched each person she met. Rest in power, Chi-Chi.”
Leading the tributes on Twitter, Drag Race host RuPaul said DeVayne was a “kind and beautiful soul … may her generous and loving spirit shine down on us all”.
Shea Couleé, winner of the most recent series of RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars, said: “I’m devastated and sick to my stomach. Wake me up when it’s all over.”
The Drag Race franchise, a global hit, now boasts various international spin-offs including in Canada and Thailand. Baga Chipz, a finalist on the first series of the UK version of the show, said DeVayne was “so kind to me at a time I was really low. I’m just sat here in tears. RIP you, beautiful angel.”
Chi Chi’s net worth is unclear.