“QUEER Eye” star Tom Jackson has tragically died aged 63 from cancer.
His family revealed that the beloved father and grandfather, who starred in season one of the Netflix show, passed away on March 2.
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Jackson, 63, appeared on the Netflix reboot of the show in 2018Twitter/Tom JacksonHe described his appearance as one of the highlights of his life[/caption]
Jackson had been struggling with metastatic adenocarcinoma for some time.
The Queer Eye official Instagram account later confirmed the news, writing: “It’s with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to a member of our Queer Eye family. Rest in peace, Tom Jackson.”
Jackson became a fan favorite when he appeared in the premiere episode of the Netflix reboot in February 2018, titled “You Can’t Fix Ugly”.
The title came from Jackson’s infamous statement at the start of the episode describing his own appearance.
In the heartwarming episode, the Fab Five of Jonathan Van Ness, Karamo Brown, Antoni Porowski, Tan France, and Bobby Berk, all got to work on transforming Jackson’s style and appearance.
The former dump-truck driver from Georgia was also able to reconcile with his ex-wife, Abby Parr.
However, although he and Abby remarried after the episode, Jackson revealed that they ultimately split up again in 2019.
His family have asked fans to watch Jackson’s Queer Eye episode in his honor.
Tom once described his appearance on the show as one of the highlights of his life.
In a statement, his family said: “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.”
Tributes have been paid by the stars of the show.
Van Ness paid tribute, writing on Instagram: “RIP Tom.”
Jackson leaves behind two sisters, two grandsons, and his daughter, who appeared alongside him on the hit show.