When Karl Westerberg found out that Antoine Ashley, his boyfriend of six years, died Monday of heart failure, he was devastated. But it also made him appreciate their time together even more.
“I’m left cherishing his memories and carrying out his legacy,” Westerberg, also known by his stage name Manila Luzon, told PEOPLE on Thursday. “I was lucky enough to have time with him.”
Still, he says, losing the fellow RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant is a struggle.