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‘Queer Eye’ star Tom Jackson dies at 63 after a battle with cancer

‘Queer Eye’ star Tom Jackson dies at 63 after a battle with cancer


March 9, 2023 | 4:50 a.m

Queer Eye season 1 champ Tom Jackson (right) passed away on March 2 while battling cancer.Queer Eye: Twitter

‘Queer Eye’ star Tom Jackson has died at the age of 63 after a battle with cancer.

The Jackson family revealed Thursday that the beloved father and grandfather lost his battle with metastatic adenocarcinoma on March 2.

Official Instagram account shown on Netflix later confirmed the newswriting, “It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to a member of the Queer Eye family. Rest in peace, Tom Jackson.”

“This is very sad news,” commented fashion expert Tan France.

Fellow “Queer Eye” Jonathan Van Ness praised “RIP Tom’s” writing.

In an online obituaryJackson’s family thanked the doctors for helping him “treat and rest during his final days.”

“We will never forget our beloved Tom,” they wrote. “He brought joy, humor, perseverance and love to our family. He is special to us, and we look forward to seeing him again one day.”

And his loved ones have asked fans to watch Jackson’s episode of “Queer Eye” in his honor.

Jackson appeared in the Season 1 premiere “You Can’t Fix Ugly” in 2018.
Queer Eye: Twitter

Jackson became an immediate fan favorite with his appearance in the first episode of the reboot in February 2018, titled “You Can’t Fix Ugly”.

The Fab Five, consisting of Jonathan Van Ness, Karamo Brown, Anthony Porowski, Tan France, and Bobby Burke, raised the bar for Jackson’s style, looks, and lifestyle.

During the spirited episode, Jackson famously stated, “You can’t fix ugly things.”

One of the highlights of Jackson’s life was appearing on “Queer Eye.”
Queer Eye: Twitter

The episode also saw him reconcile with his ex-wife, Abby Barr.

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The couple went on to tie the knot for the second time after the episode, but eventually parted ways again in 2019, revealed on Twitter.

Before starring in “Queer Eye,” Jackson worked as a dump truck driver in Georgia.

He considered one of his greatest accomplishments to be “the papaw of his two grandsons who were his pride and joy”, according to his obituary.

“Tom’s life was illuminated in the Netflix show, ‘Queer Eye’. He enjoyed his notoriety and shared his experience with everyone who would listen,” added the Jackson family.

Jackson loved the fame he got from his appearance on the Netflix show.
Queer Eye: Twitter

Jackson leaves behind his sister, two grandchildren and a daughter who appeared on the hit show.

His memorial service is set for March 12 in Kennesaw, Georgia.

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