‘Queer Eye’ star Tom Jackson dead at 63 after cancer battle

‘Queer Eye’ star Tom Jackson dead at 63 after cancer battle


March 9, 2023 | 4:50 in the morning

Queer Eye Season 1 hero Tom Jackson (right) died 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.

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

The official Instagram account of the hit Netflix show later confirmed the news, writing: “It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to a member of our Queer Eye family. Rest in peace, Tom Jackson.”

“Such incredibly sad news,” commented fashion guru Tan France.

Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness paid tribute, writing “RIP Tom ❤️”.

In the online obituary, Jackson’s family thanked the doctors who helped him with “treatment and comfort during his final days.”

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

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

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

Jackson became an instant fan favorite after appearing in the premiere episode of the reboot in February 2018, titled “You Can’t Fix Ugly.”

The Fab Five, consisting of Jonathan Van Ness, Karamo Brown, Antoni Porowski, Tan France and Bobby Berk, all contributed to the rise of Jackson’s style, look and lifestyle.

During the emotional episode, Jackson famously declared, “You can’t fix ugly.”

A highlight of Jackson’s life appeared on “Queer Eye”Queer Eye: Twitter

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

The pair went on to tie the knot a second time after the episode, but eventually split again in 2019, he revealed on Twitter.

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

According to his obituary, he considered one of his greatest achievements to be “a papa to his two grandchildren who were his pride and joy.”

“A highlight of Tom’s life was appearing on the Netflix show, ‘Queer Eye.’ He enjoyed fame and shared his experience with anyone who would listen,” Jackson’s family added.

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

Jackson is survived by his two sisters, two nephews and his daughter, who appeared on the hit show.

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

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