Actress Bonnie Franklin died in her Los Angeles home March 1 at age 69 due to complications from pancreatic cancer, the L.A. Times reported.
Franklin is best-known for her hit TV series "One Day at a Time," which ran from 1975 to 1984. She is survived by her mother, Claire Franklin, and stepchildren Jed Minoff and Julie Minoff.
Bonnie's TV daughter, Valerie Bertinelli, said Franklin was like a second mom to her. "My heart is breaking," Bertinelli said in a statement. "Bonnie has always been one of the most important women in my life and was a second mother to me."
Pancreatic cancer, which claimed the life of Apple CEO Steve Jobs in 2011, has the lowest survival rate of any type of cancer. It spreads quickly and is usually discovered too late. According to the American Cancer Society, the one-year relative survival rate is 20%, and the five-year rate is 4%.
The dismal survival rate is due to the fact that fewer than 10% of tumors are confined to the pancreas at the time of diagnosis; in most cases, it has already progressed to the point where surgical removal is impossible.