It can be easy to think that child stars have it made, with few challenges or worries on their plates. This hasn't been the case for Jennette McCurdy, however. Last weekend, the iCarly actress lost her mother to breast cancer.
Debra McCurdy passed away on Sept. 20, after a 17-year battle with breast cancer. A representative for the family issued a statement saying,
"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 McCurdy was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995. The cancer went into remission, but returned in 2010 and spread rapidly throughout her body. Jennette first spoke out about this ordeal in an essay to The Wall Street Journal, saying,
"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."
Our thoughts and best wishes are with Jennette and her family during this incredibly painful time.