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RuPaul and Laverne Cox pay tribute to singer Ari Gold who died, age 47, after a battle with leukemia

Eight-time Emmy winner RuPaul paid tribute to his ‘dear friend’ – singer-dancer Ari Gold – after he passed away, 47, following a battle with leukemia.

‘Lovely, Gentle Man @SirAriGold,’ the 60-year-old drag icon – who boasts 7.7M social media followers – tweeted on Sunday.

‘Until we meet again, dear friend. @SirAriGold Love always, Ru.’

RuPaul (last name Charles) knew Ari since 2002, and he reposted their year-old conversation on his podcast, A Kiki From the Cancer Ward.

Back in 2007, Gold portrayed Tyrone Cohen in Mike Ruiz’s cult comedy Starrbooty, which starred the RuPaul’s Drag Race host in the titular role.

The Bronx native is best known for his 2007 track Where the Music Takes You, which charted on Billboard’s Top 10 Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart.

Ari has sung with Diana Ross and Cyndi Lauper, collaborated with Boy George, and opened for Chaka Khan.

Gold’s music was featured in NBC’s Scrubs and ABC’s Cougar Town, and he voiced cartoons in Jem and the Holograms and Cabbage Patch Kids. Read from source….