Lucille Ball And Desi Arnaz’s Great-Granddaughter, Desiree S. Anzalone, Dies At 31 – Desiree S. Anzalone, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz Sr.’s only great-granddaughter, has died. She was 31.
Lucille Ball And Desi Arnaz’s Great-Granddaughter, Desiree S. Anzalone, Dies At 31 | Cause Of Death:
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz Sr.’s great-granddaughter Desiree S. Anzalone has died after a battle with stage 4 breast cancer.
Anzalone, of Stratford, Connecticut, died on Sept. 27 at Smilow Cancer Center in Connecticut.
“She was so special,” Desiree’s mom Julia Arnaz shared with People. “All our children are special, but this little girl was something else. We were [best friends]. We are still.”
“She was so beautiful, just so so beautiful inside and out,” Julia added. “She really, really reminded me a lot of my grandmother, more so than I.”
Desiree S. Anzalone was first diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer at the age of 25. After undergoing chemotherapy, she ultimately decided to get a double mastectomy. Although she was in remission for a period of time, she learned two years ago that her cancer had returned as stage 4 and had spread to her liver, lungs and bones.
Desiree S. Anzalone Dead After Battle With Breast Cancer:
Desiree S. Anzalone’s mom claimed her daughter wanted to bring attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month and “to give awareness for young girls her age because this does happen. It’s rare, but it does happen.”
“Desiree wanted to put awareness out for if you feel anything, just because you’re a certain age doesn’t mean that it can’t happen to somebody,” Julia shared with People. “It’s just not talked about a lot. It’s usually people in their late 30s, 40s, 50s—not somebody at this age. So that was something that she really wanted—to help other women like her. A preventative, really.”
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Desiree’s mom Julia Arnaz and Desiree S. Anzalone didn’t have nearly enough time to spend with each other before her passing.
“The COVID-19 kept us apart, so I wasn’t able to see her as much as I usually do because she was compromised and I didn’t want her getting sick in any kind of way,” Julia Arnaz told the magazine. “So I wasn’t able to spend as much time with her as I normally do because of the COVID since March. I mean, I saw her, but not as much; we’d hang out every day practically she was here. Plus, she lived with me for a while.”
According to Desiree’s obituary, the Stratford, Conn., resident had various talents including art, song writing, poetry and playing piano. She was described as an “old soul who loved 60’s and 70’s music.”
“Desiree was a lover of animals & people but most of all she loved life,” her obituary stated. “She will be missed deeply by all but will live forever in our hearts.”
Desiree frequently honored her great-grandmother Lucille on her Instagram. In April she wrote, “Celebrating the life of a legend and MY life’s most profound curiosity. Your energy emulates, still. I would have loved to meet a part of me in you.”
Desiree S. Anzalone is survived by her father, Mario, and his wife, Nancy; her mother, Julia, and her husband, Halbert Massey; her maternal grandmother, Susan Callahan Howe; grandfather Desi Jr.; paternal grandmother, Carol Anzalone; paternal great-grandmother, Marjorie Broadhurst; stepbrothers Sammy and Joe, and AJ and Nick; and her fiancé and caregiver, Chris Reynolds.
“He did not leave her side, not for one minute,” Julia said of Desiree S. Anzalone’s fiancé. “He was there with us when she passed. … He never left her side.”