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Anna Cardwell dies at 29 following cancer battle

Reality TV personality Anna “Chickadee” Cardwell, best known as the daughter of Mama June Shannon and sister of Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, has died following her battle with cancer. She was 29. Shannon shared the news of her daughter’s death in an Instagram post-Sunday.

“With the breaking heart, we are announcing that (Anna) is no longer with us. She passed away in my home last night peacefully at 11:12 PM,” Shannon wrote alongside a family photo. “She gave one hell of a fight for 10 months. She passed away with her family around her…and we will be updating y’all with more information as we get it today. We love y’all and continued prayers and thoughts for our family (during) this difficult time.”

Shannon’s representative Erin Santucci confirmed Cardwell’s death in an email to USA TODAY on Sunday.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Anna Cardwell, a loving mother, daughter, sister, and friend,” WE TV and Thinkfactory Media said in a statement provided by Santucci. “Our sincerest condolences to June, Pumpkin, Alana, Jessica, and their family during this difficult time. Anna will be truly missed, but never forgotten, as her light and spirit live on.”

Cardwell was reportedly diagnosed with stage 4 adrenal carcinoma in January, per TMZ. In May, Cardwell gave an Instagram update on her treatment after starting her third round of chemotherapy.

“This (was) yesterday,” Cardwell wrote alongside a selfie with husband Eldridge Toney. “Cracker Barrel was good going down but not up 😂 But overall it’s going good and chemo is working we come to find, so things are looking good.”

Cardwell starred in the TLC reality series “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” from 2012-2014, which centered on the family life of child beauty pageant contestant “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson. Cardwell also appeared on the reality TV show “Toddlers & Tiara,” which Thompson starred on, from 2012-2013.

Thompson also mourned the passing of her sister in an Instagram post-Sunday.

“I don’t know what to say as my heart is completely broken,” Thompson wrote. “Watching my 29-year-old sister this last year battle this horrible disease hasn’t been easy. Anna was a fighter (and) still is.”

She added: “I’m so glad that you waited til I was home to take your last breath! I would’ve loved for you to get to see me graduate college but I know you will forever cheer me on in heaven! We will all make sure your legacy lives on forever. And I promise to always make sure to celebrate your birthday like you never left! The sky looks a little bit different today. We will always love you Anna 💔.”

Cardwell and Thompson joined mother Shannon for her wedding to boyfriend Justin Stroud in February. Cardwell’s siblings Lauryn “Pumpkin” Efird and Jessica “Chubbs” Shannon were also in attendance for the oceanside ceremony in Panama City, Florida, as well as Shannon’s grandchildren Stella, Sylus, and Bentley Efird.

“This was the first time the family had all been together since 2014,” Mama June said in a statement. “It was really special to get married in a place where my family and I have had so many memories.”

Cardwell is survived by their husband Toney and daughters Kaitlyn Elizabeth and Kylee Madison.

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