World News – US – Desiree Anzalone, great-granddaughter of Lucille Ball, dies of cancer at 31


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Desiree Anzalone, the only great-granddaughter of Hollywood legends Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, died last month after a battle with stage 4 breast cancer She was 31 Anzalone died at Smilow Cancer Center in Connecticut September 27 She was the daughter of Julia Arnaz and Mario Anzalone, and her maternal grandfather was Desi Arnaz Jr

Anzalone passed away « peacefully, » Julia told PEOPLE on Friday « Watching her escape was right, I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy No mother should have to watch this, » she said , adding that Anzalone was a ‘special’ girl « All of our children are special, but this little girl was something else, » Julia added « We were [best friends] We always are » Julia said her only child was a « mini-me » and was « so beautiful, so beautiful inside and out » Anzalone reminded her of her « more than me » grandmother

Anzalone was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer at age 25 She had chemotherapy treatments but then had a double mastectomy Her cancer went into remission, but it returned in 2018 to stage 4 It s ‘spread to her liver, lungs and bones Julia said they were hoping Azalone would be with them during the holiday season, but it couldn’t have been « What’s wrong is that she continued to have fluid around her heart then they kept doing surgeries and it would come back like two weeks later And this time they did the operation and came back 12 hours later and [said]: ‘You have days, even hours’ It was really hard, « Julia told PEOPLE » I was there before it happened It was unimaginable « 

Anzalone was born on the 7th Jan. 15, 1989, in Norwalk, Connecticut She worked as a photographer before her death and received hormonal chemotherapy Julia said she publicly discussed her daughter’s death to help raise awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness Month He was important to let people know that breast cancer can strike a young woman “We just don’t talk about it a lot,” said Julia “They’re usually people in their 30s, 40s, or 50s – not anyone one of that age So that was something she really wanted – to help other women like her A preventative, really « 

The coronavirus pandemic kept Julia from spending as much time with her daughter in her final days as she hoped « COVID-19 separated us, so I couldn’t see her as much as I did habit because she was compromised and I didn’t want her to get sick in any way, « Julia told PEOPLE She said she saw Anzalone as often as possible and would spend a whole day with her every times they could

Anzalone is survived by her father Mario and his wife, Nancy; and her mother Julia and her husband Halbert Massey; her fiance and caregiver, Chris Reynolds; and four half-brothers Julia described Anzalone as a « beautiful photographer » who loved music from the 60s and 70s « She was a model, she was a singer, » said Julia « She wrote songs Very, very talented, intelligent girl and intelligent « 

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