Nelly’s Sister Passes From Leukemia

Sadly, Nelly has lost his sister Jackie Donohue to a years-old

bout with leukemia.

Donohue, 31, died

Thursday morning after the cancer came out of remission.

"We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Jackie Donahue, 31,

who lost her 3-year battle with leukemia this morning," the family told in a statement. "We want to thank everyone for their love

and support of Jackie. In particular, we want to thank those who participated

in the Jes Us 4 Jackie bone marrow drives."

In March

of 2001, Donahue was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia and had beaten

the disease until she suffered a relapse in January 2003.

Consequently, she

and Nelly established the non-profit Jes-US-4-Jackie as a way to raise awareness

about leukemia and to find her a possible bone marrow donor.

"We are very proud of her efforts to educate and raise awareness about

the disease and the need for African-Americans to join the National Donor Registry.

She will always be remembered for her loving spirit, energy, courage and unshakeable


Nelly cancelled his recent concert appearances after learning

about his sister’s passing.

Funeral details have yet to be announced.

Donations can be made to:

The Jacqueline Donahue Trust


721 Locust Street

St. Louis, MO. 63101