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Queer Eye Star Tom Jackson Passes Away After Journey With Cancer

The reality TV world lost a beautiful soul. We’re sending our deepest condolences to the family of Queer Eye’s Tom Jackson. According to Page Six, he sadly passed away at age 63 from metastatic adenocarcinoma. Tom’s family first revealed the news of his passing online, and the Queer Eye Instagram account later confirmed it.

On Instagram, the show’s verified account shared, “It’s with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to a member of our Queer Eye family. Rest in peace, Tom Jackson.”

The Instagram post featured a highlight reel of some of Tom’s most joyful moments on the show. The Fab Five’s Tan France and Jonathan Van Ness left supportive comments sharing their condolences.

Queer Eye fans will remember Tom from the heartwarming premiere of the Netflix reboot. Back in 2018, when JVN, Tan, Karamo Brown, Antoni Porowski, and Bobby Berk joined forces for the first time, Tom was their first makeover, laying the groundwork for six seasons (and counting) full of makeovers and uplifting stories.

In Tom’s episode, he claimed, “You can’t fix ugly.” The Fab Five used their magic and challenged him to change that perspective. As a result, the grandfather of two received a head-to-toe makeover, a renovated space, and the tools to reconcile his relationship with his ex-wife. In the online obituary, his family shared that his experience filming Queer Eye was one of the highlights of his life.

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“A highlight of Tom’s life was being cast on the Netflix show, Queer Eye. He enjoyed the notoriety and shared his experience with whoever would listen,” Tom’s family shared in the touching obituary.

Although Queer Eye was a highlight in his life, being “a Papaw to his two grandsons who were his pride and joy” was one of his biggest accomplishments. His family wrote in the obituary, “We will never forget our beloved Tom.” They continued, “He brought joy, humor, persistence, and love to our family. He is special to us, and we look forward to seeing him again one day.”

Tom is survived by two sisters, a daughter, and two grandsons. They’re asking the world to honor their loved one by revisiting his episode of Queer Eye. You can’t miss it—it’s the very first episode of Netflix’s reboot and a truly moving hour of reality television.


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