News that Jennette McCurdy's mother died hit the Internet on Sept. 21. According to TMZ, the mother of the "Sam & Cat" actress passed away after a long battle with cancer. Debra McCurdy was seriously ill for the past few years when she came out of remission and things had gotten progressively worse before she succumbed to the disease.
"Debra had been battling breast cancer for 17 years. It went into remission but returned and spread throughout her body, including her brain in 2010," TMZ reported. This may not have come as a surprise for Jennette, who had seen her mom suffer for years.
Jennette McCurdy and her mother were very close as most daughters and their mothers are. While this tragedy may have been expected in some ways, it is never easy to lose someone who your close to -- especially not one of your parents. McCurdy has canceled some of her upcoming obligations and she will likely take some time to be with her family and to start the healing process.
McCurdy is on Nickelodeon and she has many young fans. Many believe that she will become an advocate on behalf of her late mother and perhaps start a charity or fund in her mom's name.
Jennette McCurdy will remember her mother fondly and will hopefully be able to focus on the happier, more positive times as she heals.
© Effie Orfanides 2013