Here Comes Honey Boo Boo Star Anna ‘Chickadee’ Cardwell Dies: Husband Says She ‘Never Wanted To Know’ How Long She Had

The husband of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo star Anna ‘Chickadee’ Cardwell, who died of a rare form of cancer, said she “never wanted to know” how long she had left.

Cardwell died on December 9 at the age of 29 after “one hell of a battle” with stage 4 adrenal carcinoma, her mother June Shannon (known as Mama June) announced.

Speaking to People, Cardwell Eldridge’s husband Tony said she tried to stay strong rather than face the prospect of not surviving her illness.

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“She was super strong for her family,” he said.

“She was in so much pain all the time and we knew what the stage 4 diagnosis meant, but we agreed not to talk to the doctor about the exact time frame.

“We agreed that we don’t want to be told it’s six months or something like that.

“But there was a realism factor.

“We knew that time was limited, but we agreed and asked the doctor not to give us time.”

“We never wanted to know.”

Anna Cardwell and Eldridge Toney. credit: Instagram/Anna Cardwell

Toni married Cardwell in March after she received her cancer diagnosis and revealed that he “held her hand when she took her last breath”.

Mama June took to Instagram to announce that her daughter was gone.

“It is with a broken heart that we announce that @annamarie35 is no longer with us,” she wrote, sharing a family photo.

“She passed away at my home last night peacefully at 11.12pm.

“We love you all and continue to pray and think of our family at (sic) this difficult time.”

Mama June shared this photo to announce the death of her daughter, Anna “Chickadee” Cardwell. credit: Mama June/Instagram

Family and friends gathered Dec. 13 for Cardwell’s funeral at Williams-Belli Colony Funeral Home in Georgia.

A shock diagnosis

The reality TV star was first diagnosed with adrenal carcinoma after complaining of stomach pains.

Adrenal carcinoma is a rare form of cancer that starts in one or both of the small, triangular glands called the adrenal glands, which are located just above the kidneys.

The cancer was found in her liver, kidney and lung, People reported at the time.

This photo of Anna Cardwell and Eldridge Tony was posted on Instagram on May 11, 2023. credit: Instagram/Anna Cardwell

Her youngest sister, known as Honey Boo Boo, revealed her sister’s terminal diagnosis.

“This is what I mean when I say you never really know what someone is going through at home,” her 17-year-old sister said in an Instagram story in January 2023.

“No matter how famous they are.

“Yes, I’m very famous, but normal crap happens to me and my family and you all need to realize that ASAP,” she added, sharing a screenshot of a TMZ article that first broke the news of Cardwell’s cancer.

Cardwell rose to fame alongside Honey Boo Boo in the US hit show Toddlers & Tiaras (2009) and its follow-up Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (2012).

Alana ‘Honey Boo Boo’ Thompson and Anna ‘Chickadee’ Cardwell. credit: Chris Connor/Getty Images

The show followed the personal lives of the families of children participating in beauty pageants.

Toddlers & Tiaras often sparks controversy about how parents dress their children to look like adults.

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