LOS ANGELES -- 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."
Boy George was perhaps one of the most memorable -- if not first -- mainstream artists to play with gender presentation, like in the video for Culture Club's "Karma Chameleon."
The pop star introduced her male alter ego, Jo Calderone, on <a href="http://buzzworthy.mtv.com/2010/06/30/lady-gaga-dressed-like-a-man/" target="_hplink">the cover of Japanese <em>Vogue Hommes</em></a> in September 2010. Since then, Calderone has appeared numerous times including in <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9YMU0WeBwU&ob=av2e" target="_hplink">the video for "You & I"</a> and at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards.
'80s hair bands were known for being womanizers -- and for their love of makeup and spandex.
Bowie introduced his androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust to coincide with the release of his 1972 album "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars."
For his album "Mechanical Animals," shock rocker Marilyn Manson explored his softer side with cover art and videos that featured him sporting a strange pair of breasts.
The "American Idol" runner up is rarely found without his trademark black eyeliner and nail polish.
Annie Lennox matched her sultry voice and pink lips with a pumpkin-orange crew cut and a business suit in the video for Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)," thereby blending the soft and the hard, the masculine and the feminine.
From early on in her career, Madonna has always been interested in pushing buttons, and gender play has always been one of her favorite go-to tools for causing controversy. Whether she's grabbing her crotch in the "Express Yourself" video or performing "Bye Bye Baby" in drag at the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards, the pop star has offered much to the discussion of masculinity and femininity in popular culture.
Prince is known for his love of the ladies -- and clothing geared towards the ladies. The purple pop star isn't afraid of playing with gender when writing songs, either, as evidenced in "If I Was Your Girlfriend."
The legendary artist and musician is known for her love of the outrageous and regularly flirted with her butch side, notably in the video for the hit "Pull Up To The Bumper."
See <a href="http://www.the33tv.com/news/kdaf-xy-movement-dallas-men-lipstick-tights-story,0,3388899.story" target="_hplink">The33Tv.com's full interview</a> with the 19-year-old straight gender-bending rapper.
Pete Burns, the lead singer of Dead Or Alive, was all made up for the band's hit single "You Spin Me Round," but soon gave up on makeup <a href="http://www.celebitchy.com/128014/pete_burns_on_his_extreme_plastic_surgery_pus_squirting_out_science_fiction_horror_/" target="_hplink">in favor of (MAJOR) plastic surgery</a> to achieve his feminine look.