"Drag Race" Legend Chi Chi DeVayne Hospitalized for Mystery Illness
Beloved RuPaul's Drag Race alum Chi Chi DeVayne has been hospitalized for a mystery illness, according to her Instagram.
In a series of Instagram Stories, the Creole queen revealed she was rushed to the hospital this past weekend for serious medical issues. She tested negative for COVID-19, but her doctors quickly realized she had high blood pressure.
"They think that I'm going through kidney failure," she told her 474,000 followers on Instagram.
Later, DeVayne shared an update that her blood pressure had gone down, and she'd been scheduled for "three hours of dialysis" to hopefully restore her kidney function. She added that she'd waited "too long to go to the doctor" after receiving a diagnosis for scleroderma, a rare autoimmune disease that eventually targets the internal organs.
"These are the consequences," she said.
The Shreveport, Louisiana-based queen was a standout on RuPaul's Drag Race Season 8, making it all the way to the top four before eventually being eliminated. She returned to the workroom for the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars in 2018.
News of her hospitalization sparked an outpouring of love on social media, including kind messages and calls to donate directly to DeVayne from fellow Drag Race girls.
At the time of writing, DeVayne is still in the hospital and undergoing treatment, according to her Instagram.
Get well soon, Chi Chi!
Main image: DeVayne at the Drag Race Season 8 finale party.