Jennette McCurdy‘s mom Debra died Friday after a long battle with cancer, reports E! News: ‘Jennette has suffered an unimaginable loss. Please respect her and her family’s privacy at this time of mourning. She appreciates the love and support of her fans.’
Debra battled breast cancer for 17 years and although she went into remission, the cancer returned and spread to her brain in 2010. Jennette’s boyfriend Andre Drummond Tweeted: ‘In a dark place right now.. First time in my life, I don’t have all the answers for something..’
Jennette last year: ‘I can’t imagine how difficult it must be for my mother to tolerate all she has gone through and continues to go through, the pain, the worry and the battle. She wakes up every day hurting and goes to sleep hurting even more. My mother, the constant optimist and effervescent, sprightly woman I know her to be, is caged along with this hideous beast they call cancer.
If you’re reading this and you were one of those people who thought, ‘young actors have perfect lives,’ I hope that you will think differently now. We do have challenges. We do cry. We are experiencing difficult things. But we will continue to smile and crack jokes because, as entertainers, even if we’re privately struggling with painful trials, our job is to make others forget theirs.’