Actress Nicki Aycox – best known for roles such as Meg Masters on The CW’s Supernatural and Jaimie Allen on TNT’s Dark Blue – has passed away at just 47 following a grueling battle with cancer.
The star was diagnosed with leukemia in 2020 and died from the disease on Thursday, it was confirmed on social media by her sister-in-law, Susan Raab Ceklosky.
Aycox initially thought she had contracted Covid-19 after becoming ‘very ill’ but was later told she had cancer and underwent difficult chemotherapy treatments and stem cell transplants.
She documented her battle on her vegan lifestyle website Cashews and Olives and she provided updates on her health on the site’s Instagram.
She shared a poignant last post with fans on March 26, where she was seen mustering up the energy to joyfully sing from her hospital bed after a chemo session.
Supernatural creator Eric Kripke also paid tribute to the actress with a heartfelt social media post on Sunday.
RIP: Actress Nicki Aycox, seen here at a red carpet event in August 2010, has passed away at just 47. She was diagnosed with leukemia in 2020 and passed from the disease on Thursday
Screen star: The actress is best known for her role as Meg Masters on The CW’s Supernatural
Tribute: Kripke shared a gif of Aycox’s Meg Masters blowing out a candle, along with a tribute to her
Raab Celosky confirmed Aycox’s death in a Facebook post on Thursday, along with photos of Aycox, her devoted husband Matt Raab.
‘My beautiful, smart, fierce, incredibly talented, and loving sister-in-law, Nicki Aycox Raab, passed away yesterday with my brother, Matt Raab, by her side,’ Raab Celosky said.
‘Nicki and Matt had a wonderful life together in California. She was definitely a fighter and everyone who knew her loved her,’ she concluded.
Kripke shared a gif of Aycox’s Meg Masters blowing out a candle, along with a tribute to her.
‘Gutted to hear the great #NickiAycox, our first #MegMasters, passed away,’ Kripke began.
Last post: Nicki documented her battle on her cashewsandolives Instagram account, and last shared a video in March 26 that showed her singing while in hospital after chemo
Devastating: She initially thought she had contracted Covid-19 after becoming ‘very ill’ but was later diagnosed with cancer
Heartbroken: She’s survived by her husband Matt Raab and their beloved dog, Olive
‘Too young. She was a delight & delivered lines like honey & venom. I marvel at how she made a simple word like “lackluster” legendary,’ he concluded with hashtags #RIP #SPN and #SPNFamily.
Aycox was born in Hennessey, Oklahoma and spent her childhood performing in pageants and playing the piano.
She studied briefly at the University of Oklahoma before moving to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career.
Nicki had guest-starring roles in Weird Science, LA Heat, 3rd Rock From the Sun, USA High and Boy Meets World in the late 1990s.
She had a seven-episode arc as Lily Gallagher in Providence along with guest-starring roles in The X-Files, Ally McBeal, Dark Angel while filming movies like Crime + Punishment in Suburbia, Rave McBeth and Jeepers Creepers 2.
Childhood: Aycox was born in Hennessey, Oklahoma and spent her childhood performing in pageants and playing the piano. She is pictured early in her career at the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival
She had extended arcs in Ed, LAX and Over There before landing her beloved role as Meg Masters in Supernatural.
She appeared as the demonic character in four episodes of Season 4 and one episode of Season 5.
She also appeared on Cold Case and starred as Jaimie Allen in the TNT crime drama series Dark Blue.
Her final roles before retiring from acting were the 2014 films The Girl On the Train and Dead on Campus.
Arc: She had a seven-episode arc as Lily Gallagher in Providence along with guest-starring roles in The X-Files, Ally McBeal, Dark Angel while filming movies like Crime + Punishment in Suburbia, Rave McBeth and Jeepers Creepers 2
WHAT IS LEUKEMIA?
Leukemia is a cancer that starts in blood-forming tissue, usually the bone marrow.
It leads to the over-production of abnormal white blood cells, which fight off infections.
But a higher number of white blood cells means there is ‘less room’ for other cells, including red blood cells – which transport oxygen around the body – and platelets – which cause blood to clot when the skin is cut.
There are many different types of leukemia, which are defined according to the immune cells they affect and how the disease progresses.
For all types combined, 9,900 people in the UK were diagnosed with leukemia in 2015, Cancer Research UK statistics reveal.
And in the US, around 60,300 people were told they had the disease last year, according to the National Cancer Institute.
Most cases have no obvious cause, with the cancer not being contagious or inherited.
Leukemia generally becomes more common with age – the exception being acute lymphoblastic leukemia, which peaks in children.
Other risk factors include being male, exposed to certain chemicals or radiation, and some bone-marrow disorders.
Symptoms are generally vague and get worse over time.
These can include:
- Frequent infections
- Heavy periods, nose bleeds or bleeding gums
- Shortness of breath
Acute leukemia – which progresses rapidly and aggressively – is often curable via chemo, radiotherapy or a stem cell transplant.
Chronic forms of the disease – which typically progress slowly – tend to be incurable, however, these patients can often live with the disease.
Source: Leukemia Care