The Jonas Brothers may not be a band anymore, but they still remain a super tight-knit family. Nick, Kevin and Joe Jonas‘s bond was put to the test back in March when they learned that their father, Paul (Kevin) Jonas Sr., had colon cancer. The 52-year-old spoke about his diagnosis for the first time on a Charlotte, North Carolina, news station, and also revealed how his famous sons dropped everything to be by his side.
“They canceled their schedule, moved important things,” the Jonas dad, who is often referred to as Papa Jonas, explained. “They stayed with us, had the last meal before the surgery. They walked me into [Memorial] Sloan-Kettering [Cancer Center], which created a little bit of a stir.”
The surgery was a success and his prognosis looks good, but Kevin, who was very healthy up until a couple months ago, will still have to go through chemotherapy treatments in the coming weeks. The family patriarch finally decided to speak out about his diagnosis because he has “a feeling of responsibility” and wants other 50-year-old men to get regularly tested for colon cancer.
None of the famous Jonas boys have publicly commented on their dad’s cancer diagnosis, but it’s obvious that they’re supporting him behind closed doors, and that’s all that really matters.
While it seems like the Jonas Brothers will have their dad around for a long time, these celebrities unfortunately lost their father to cancer:
After being diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer in August 2015, Vanessa's father, Greg Hudgens, passed away from the disease. The 65-year-old's passing, unfortunately, came just hours before Vanessa took the Fox stage in the role of Rizzo for Grease: Live. Vanessa dedicated her performance to her father saying, "Tonight, I do the show in his honor." Because she's such a trooper, she went on to give a flawless performance. You go, girl!
Although Demi didn't seem to have a close relationship with her father in life, she still had to deal with struggle of losing him to cancer back in 2013. The "Confident" singer then opened up about her relationship with him and his passing in the song "Father" that is featured on her latest album. We're here for you, Demi!
Unfortunately, Austin's father never grew old enough to see his son grow into the talented musician he is today — as he lost his battle with cancer when Austin was still a kid! However, because of the timing in Austin's life, it only helped him grow closer to his father. "People are like, 'Is it weird that you don't have a dad?' No. That’s just how I grew up, and that's what's normal for me. I can't imagine having a dad. I can't be like, 'Hey, Dad! Want to go play catch in the yard?' That would be weird for me to say," he told Teen Vogue in an interview.
Before the Jenner family was around, Kris was married (and later divorced) to famed lawyer, Robert Kardashian. He served as the father for Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, and Rob, until he passed away on September 20, 2003 from esophageal cancer at the mere age of 59. The siblings still remember their father in episodes of Keeping Up With The Kardashians and is being portrayed by David Schwimmer in The People v. O.J. Simpson.
And Kourtney Kardashian's on-again-off-again love and father of her children, Scott Disick, unfortunately lost his father to cancer as well. As his dad, Jeffrey, seemed to have passed away from the disease in the beginning of 2014 — just months after his mother passed away as well. So sad!
In June 2013, the Quantico actress lost her father to cancer after he suffered an eight year battle with the disease. In fact, Priyanka even put her acting career on hold for a bit to deal with her father and his disease. However, after the passing, she used both of their struggle to open up her very own cancer center in his name. How sweet!
At the end of 2015, the country rocker's father, Robert Urban, lost his battle with cancer. "My Dad's love of country music and America set me on my life's journey, and shaped so much of who I am today," Keith released in a statement after his father's passing, "Thank you to everyone who has kept us all in your thoughts and prayers."