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JENNETTE McCurdy frequently cites her late mother Debra McCurdy as the reason why she got into acting.

With Jennette releasing her book, I'm Glad My Mom Died, fans are curious to know more about her mom Debra and what her cause of death was.

2In her 2022 book, Jennette McCurdy explains the ups and downs of her relationship with her late mother DebraCredit: Instagram/jennettemccurdy Who was Debra McCurdy?

Debra McCurdy had a noticeable hand in her daughter Jennette's rise to fame.

As a young actress, Debra handled a number of affairs when it came to Jennette's career.

While promoting I'm Glad My Mom Died, the iCarly star recalled her professional relationship with her mother and told EW: "It was important for me to explore the emotional and psychological abuse I endured during my time as a young performer.

"I feel I didn't have the tools, language, or support necessary to speak up for myself back then."

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She added: "So this book is a way for me to not only honor that experience and give voice to my former self, but hopefully to encourage young people to speak up for themselves in environments where they may be conditioned to just 'play ball' and 'be a good sport.'"

Jennette also revealed to PEOPLE: "My earliest memories of childhood were of heaviness and chaos.

"My mom's emotions were so erratic that it was like walking a tightrope every day. The mood fluctuations were daily.

She referenced Debra's parenting and stated: "My mom had always dreamt of being a famous actor and she became obsessed with making me a star.

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"I felt like my job was to keep the peace and I wanted to make my mom happy."

What was Debra's cause of death?

On September 20, 2013, Debra McCurdy lost her battle with breast cancer.

She was first diagnosed in 1995, but was in remission for 15 years before it returned in 2010.

Eventually, cancer spread to the rest of her body, as well as her brain.

2Years after her mother's death, Jennette quit acting and refused to continue the career that Debra forced upon herCredit: Getty

Before Debra succumbed to her breast cancer battle, Jennette shared details of her mother's condition with the Wall Street Journal.

The star disclosed: "I can't imagine how difficult it must be for my mother to tolerate all she has gone through and continues to go through.

"The pain, the worry, and the battle. She wakes up every day hurting and goes to sleep hurting even more.

"My mother, the constant optimist and effervescent, sprightly woman I know her to be, is caged along with this hideous beast they call cancer."

The Sam & Cat actress went on to say: "There are people who believe that young actors on a TV series have it easy and that they never have a tough moment in their lives.

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"I don't blame the people who think this because we, as young actors, spend our days making families laugh and using smiley face emoticons in nearly every tweet we send.

"Underneath the carefree façade, you may be surprised to know that some of us actually do have to face some tribulations."

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After a short time away, the eighth annual D.C. Funk Parade returned in person Saturday, bringing the funk back to U Street.

The Funk Parade and concert series featured several stages, along with stops at the African American Civil War Memorial and the Reeves Center.

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Various genres from funk, hip-hop and R&B were represented, and at least three performers walked away with $200 gift cards.

For advocates like David Oliver, the parade’s host, and The MusicianShip, a youth development organization that manages the event, one of the goals is to help U Street become what it once was.

The Funk Parade and concert series featured several stages all over U Street, along with stops at the African American Civil War Memorial and the Reeves Center. (WTOP/Anna-Lysa Gayle)

The pandemic “ravished” the District’s music scene, Oliver said, so the Funk Parade gave “artists who perform on U Street and all bus [stops] and who perform a chance to really be seen.”

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While the Funk Parade is a gentle reminder of D. C.s past on the top of the music scene, under the direction of The MusicianShip, it also is a way to support area musicians, after-school programs in D.C. Public Schools, and music lessons for kids.

Oliver said he hopes the event continues to grow, as it now competes with Maryland and Virginia to attract and showcase musical talent.

“Lately, everybody is going out in Maryland or Virginia, but D.C. is losing,” Oliver said. “This was the place where Luther [Vandross], Prince … and all of them came running [to D.C.] to perform.”

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