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


March 9, 2023 | 4h50

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 aged 63 following 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 for the hit Netflix show later confirmed the news, writing, “It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to a member of our Queer Eye family. Rest in peace, Tom Jackson.

“This is 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 doctors for helping him with “treatment and comfort 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.

Those close to him have asked fans to watch Jackson’s “Queer Eye” episode in his honor.

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

Jackson became an instant fan favorite after appearing on the reboot’s first episode 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 helped elevate Jackson’s style, looks and lifestyle.

During the heartwarming episode, Jackson proclaimed, “You can’t fix the 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 couple went on to marry for a second time after the episode, but eventually broke up once again in 2019. he revealed on Twitter.

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

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

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

Jackson loved the notoriety he gained from his appearance on the Netflix show.
Queer Eye: Twitter

Jackson leaves behind his two sisters, two grandsons and daughter, who appeared on the hit show.

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

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