Andy Cohen mourns loss of pal George Kolasa after battle with brain cancer
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Andy Cohen has shared a heartfelt tribute to his friend George Kolasa, who died after a battle with brain cancer.
The 55-year-old took to social media yesterday, (August 10), to break the news that George, 57, had died from an aggressive brain tumour.
To mark his death, Andy shared two snaps with his 5.4 million Instagram followers – the first being a portrait of the late luxury fashion executive posing on a beach, wearing a beige t-shirt and a silver chain around his neck.
The second featured the Bravo producer on the set of Watch What Happens Live! accompanied by George and his husband, Justin Tarquinio.
In his tribute post, the Primetime Emmy award winner wrote: “George Kolasa passed away today after an inspiring battle with glioblastoma.
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“Inspiring may seem like an odd word choice, but George was so at peace with himself and what was to be – dare I say he found whatever joy he could out of something decidedly UNjoyful. But that was who George was.”
Andy went on to say that the love the luxury fashion executive shared with Justin “lifted up all who knew them”.
“He wanted his legacy to be his contribution to helping fight rare cancers, so I’m putting the link to his fundraising drive in my bio. Life is so precious,” he continued.
The 55-year-old then wrote that his friend, “set a beautiful example” and would be, “tickled” to die, “the same day as Jerry Garcia”.
Singing off, the father-of-two wrote: “I’m hoping Jerry is up there singing him a special welcome song. All my love to Justin, and to George’s whole family. I’ll see you on the flip side, brother.”
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George’s death comes 18 months after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour the size of a grapefruit, which was later pronounced malignant.
According to his Cycle for Survival fundraising page, the glioblastoma multiforme diagnosis came after he had paralysed the left side of his body after completing a sailing trip in Florida.
Writing about his experience, George said: “It’s been almost a year and a half since my diagnosis, I have completed radiation and chemotherapy treatment.
“My journey with Glioblastoma is still unfolding. Some days I feel like me, others it’s more difficult to connect the dots.
“I still can’t believe I have brain cancer. Though, in what should be the darkest of times, I have never been filled with more hope, light and energy as I am surrounded by love.”
According to Penn Medicine, approximately 15,000 new cases of glioblastoma are diagnosed every year.
The average survival rate of this rare brain cancer is only 12 to 15 months, however, over the past decade, there has apparently been a significant increase in survival.
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