Video: Nelly Opens Up About Losing Sister

Jackie and Nelly

In an emotional preview of his episode of VH1’s “Behind the Music,” premiering March 7 at 10 p.m., Nelly opens up about his sister Jackie’s death from leukemia. The “Just a Dream” rapper painfully recalls how family members tried to hide the severity of her illness and his final conversation with her before she passed in 2005.

“Nobody wanted to tell me how severe and how close things had gotten,” Nelly says. “She wasn’t telling me the truth, and everybody around her that knew wasn’t telling me that, ‘Yo, she’s not gonna make it.’”

His last words with Jackie took place 25 minutes before her body failed. “She gets off the phone and she lays down and she’s gone. They said the only thing that kept her alive was that she wanted to talk to me before she left, and I was enraged,” continues Nelly, who was so distraught that he destroyed a door and a TV. “I just broke down. In one of the rare moments, I did cry.”

When Jackie was diagnosed with leukemia in 2003, Nelly established the non-profit 4Sho4Kids organization and the “Jes Us 4 Jackie” campaign to help raise awareness about the need for bone marrow donations in the African-American community.

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  1. MC

    Nelly is still, and always will be, #1.


  2. Joseph McCoy

    Damn, that’s deep.

    I’ll be watching…


  3. carmen

    WOW. Thats sad, deep, emotional and everything. Life is really tough sometimes I tell you.


  4. Neickha

    I used to have the pic of him and his sis on my wall. I can’t wait to watch this.


  5. Diamond

    I have goosebumps, that was deep, will be watching..


  6. blahblah

    his album 5.0 is amazing

    stay strong nelly


  7. Lisa

    He’s such an amazing man. I love having him rep the Lou for us.


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  9. dyme

    i will definitely be wathing this.. i love nelly<3


  10. roro

    nelly’s amazing
    i just wish he’d go back to his nellyville/sweatsuit days. unlike the other mainstream rappers he doesn’t need to be gangsta to be a top selling rapper


  11. nellytr

    i’m crying ,thats sad


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  13. DEErockstarr

    I was literally about to shed a tear. I’m so close to my sister that I could never imagine loosing her. I’ve supported Nelly since he was with the St. Lunatics and ever since Country Grammar (then) and 5.0 (now). He’s an amazing talent. I will definitely be watching this episode of Behind The Music. #DERRTYCrew


  14. lisa

    damn thats deep


    lisa Reply:

    im really crying


    Roshan Burns Reply:

    Nelly I’m so sorry for the lose of your sister and yes I can truly say I feel and understand what you are going though I lost my sister in 2004 of may so my prayers go out to you and your family so you take care of your sister prince and princess and you show them that everything will be OK

    Truly love
    From Roshan and


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