Jennette McCurdy Loses her Mom to Cancer

Posted Saturday September 21, 2013 1:14 PM GMT

She's only 21 years old, but Jennette McCurdy just suffered the devastating loss of her mother to breast cancer.

On Friday, Debra McCurdy finally succumbed to the disease. In a Statement, the actress's rep shared, "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.”

The "Sam & Cat" star wrote about her mother's battle in the Wall Street Journal in 2011, sharing, "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.”

Originally diagnosed in 1995, the big C returned in 2010 and spread throughout her body. On Saturday, Jennette was scheduled to host Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play.

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