Remembering Tom Jackson: ‘Queer Eye’ Hero Passes Away at 63 Due to Cancer
Tom Jackson, a beloved participant in the very first episode of the popular Netflix series “Queer Eye,” has passed away at the age of 63. Jackson died on March 3, 2023, after battling metastatic adenocarcinoma, a type of cancer that originates in glandular tissue and spreads to other areas of the body. The news was confirmed by his obituary, which praised Jackson for his loving nature and sense of humor.
Jackson retired from Federal Express before working as a dump-truck driver in Georgia. He was a doting “Papaw” to his two grandsons, whom he loved dearly. His appearance on “Queer Eye” was a highlight of his life, and he shared his experience with anyone who would listen.
After his memorable appearance on the show, Jackson became a fan favorite. In his episode, titled “You Can’t Fix Ugly,” he won the hearts of viewers as the Fab Five (Jonathan Van Ness, Karamo Brown, Antoni Porowski, Tan France, and Bobby Berk) helped him find his confidence and seek out love. He even reconciled with his ex-wife, Abby, after the show, although they later divorced again.
The official “Queer Eye” Instagram account and cast members paid tribute to Jackson, who they considered to be a member of their family. They shared a collection of episode stills on social media and expressed their sadness at his passing.
Jackson’s memorial service will be held on March 12 in Kennesaw, Georgia. His family has asked fans to honor his memory by watching his episode of “Queer Eye” on Netflix rather than sending flowers.
Tom Jackson was a kind and beloved participant in the world of reality television. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and fans.