Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz's only great-granddaughter, 31, dies of breast cancer
Desiree Anzalone, the great-granddaughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz Sr., died of breast cancer. She was just 31.
Desire's mother, Julia Arnaz, one of Desi Arnaz Jr.'s two children, confirmed the news to People Friday. While Desiree died “peacefully,” Julia told the magazine, “It was fair to see her slip away if I would not wish it on my worst enemy. No mother should have to see this. "
Julia noticed that Desiree - a photographer, model and singer - reminded her of the famous actress I Love Lucy.
"She was so beautiful, just so beautiful inside and out," revealed Julia. "She really reminded me of my grandmother, more than I did."
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz Sr.'s great-granddaughter Desiree Anzalone died on September 27th at the Smilow Cancer Center in Connecticut. (Photo: Desiree Anzalone via Instagram / Getty Images)
Desiree was the legendary actor's first great-grandchild and the only great-granddaughter. Her maternal grandfather, Desi Arnaz Jr., is one of two children that Ball and Arnaz Sr. have in common.
“She was so special. All of our children are special, but this little girl was different, ”added Julia. “We were [best friends]. We're still."
Desiree confirmed her famous ancestry on social media and posted a screenshot of an Epoch Times article last year about her and Ball's similarities.
"Such a lovely article wrote about me and how Lucy and I share the same opinion about my battle with stage 4 breast cancer and how proud she would be of me," Desiree said before exclaiming the haters who disagreed with them bore a resemblance.
“These comments are so ridiculous and sad that they seem to calm people down. I promise it will be fine. No need to get that mad. Too many flat people out there, ”she added. “I've recognized all my life that I don't look like my great grandmother but that I have more Arnaz genes. Thank you all for saying the obvious. "
Desiree was first diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer at age 25. After chemotherapy, she was in remission for several years. She also had a double mastectomy. Two years ago, she learned that her stage 4 cancer had returned and spread to the liver, lungs, and bones.
"She would probably have been with us for a few more years - it spread a lot more and the tumors got bigger - but we expected her to stay at least during the vacation. What went wrong is that she kept getting fluid around her heart and then they went on to operate and it would come back like two weeks later. And this time they did the operation and they came back 12 hours later and said, "You have days if hours." So that was really difficult, "Julia said to People." I was there before that happened. It was unimaginable. "
Desiree hoped to make young girls aware that breast cancer can occur at any age.
“It's rare, but it happens. And Desiree wanted to make people aware that if you feel something, just because you are a certain age doesn't mean it can't happen to anyone, ”explained Julia.
“It's just not talked about much. It's usually people in their late 30s, 40s, 50s - not someone that age, ”she continued. “That was something she really wanted - to help other women like her. Really preventive. "
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