RuPaul’s Drag Race and World of Wonder have lost a key member of their family.
Jacqueline Wilson, a Drag Race co-executive producer, has passed away. She began as a supervising producer on the reality series in 2012, and she was promoted to executive producer in 2015. Her cause of death has not been made public, but queens from the show, including RuPaul herself, have spoken out on her heartbreaking death.
“I could never express in words her invaluable contribution to the success of Drag Race, and to all the lives of those who were fortunate enough to have worked alongside her. Love always, my friend,” Ru tweeted.
Drag Race Season 6 winner Bianca Del Rio posted photos with Wilson on Instagram, thanking her for her generosity and the “endless laughs.”
Wilson took home an Emmy last year when Drag Race won Outstanding Reality Competition Program, and she was nominated again this year. The Primetime Emmys are airing this Sunday, September 15.
“This summer we had the pleasure of producing season 12 with Jacqueline. To the very end she was devoted to telling the stories of the queens that she loved so much,” World of Wonder posted on Facebook. “Jacqueline is nominated for her second Emmy this year, and when her work family gathers for the Emmy ceremony, this year we’ll be celebrating Jacqueline Wilson’s Drag Race.”
Rest in peace, Jacqueline.
Wake up with the sad news : Jacqueline Wilson passes away . Words can’t describe how heartbroken and sad I’m right now . All my positive energy And prayers to the production of World of wonder , Rupaul , family and friends in this difficult time . We will always you #tb pic.twitter.com/GnSP1F0Nec
— Cynthia Lee Fontaine (@lee_fontaine) September 11, 2019
It’s never easy losing someone. What gives me comfort, is knowing that our beautiful Angel Jacqueline Wilson has got her wings! I will miss you but I know you will still be my biggest cheerleader, encouraging me to conquer my dreams! My heart will heal.
— Latrice Royale Inc. (@LatriceRoyale) September 11, 2019
Jacqueline was such a beautiful person with such good energy! She will be missed! But her good heart will be missed even more. https://t.co/5TVVgeuxu6
— Blair St. Clair (@BlairStClair) September 11, 2019
Wow just found out that one of the producers of @RuPaulsDragRace Jacqueline Wilson passed away! News like this is never easy, especially when it’s unexpected but such is life. I can’t say it to her but thank you for our talks, thanks for seeing a light in me… rest easy
— RaJahOhara (@RaJahOHara) September 11, 2019