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Jim Beaver's Wife and Niece Passed Away from Cancer — Inside His Personal Life

Oyin Balogun
May 20, 2021
06:40 A.M.
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Actor Jim Beaver, who is best known for his role in the series "Supernatural," has been through many shocking ups and downs in his personal life. Find out how his wife and niece died of cancer and how his daughter lives with autism.


Popularly known for playing Bobby Singer in the hit TV series "Supernatural," Jim Beaver is a notable actor who has undoubtedly earned a lot of acclaim in his time.

Although his career has flourished for several years, his personal life has been very turbulent. From losing his second wife and grandniece to cancer to raising a daughter with autism, there is plenty to learn about in Beaver's life.

Jim Beaver attends the "Deadwood" Movie Premiere on May 14, 2019 in Los Angeles | Photo: Getty Images



As a young college student, Beaver got married to his first wife, Debbie Young, in August 1973. Unfortunately, the marriage did not last as they soon parted ways four months after tying the knot. The divorce did not happen until three years later, in 1976.

Over a decade after he finalized his divorce with Young, Beaver found love again. This time, it was in the arms of actress and casting director Cecily Adams.


The pair dated for about four years before eventually tying the knot in 1989. Adams was best known for her role as the feminist character Noogie on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine."

In a spectacular and heart-warming wave of support, Beaver's fans donated heavily to cover Kira's medical expenses.

She also appeared in shows such as "Just Shoot Me," "Murphy Brown," "Home Improvement," and "Murder One." As a casting director, she worked on "That '70s Show" until she passed away.



In 2001, Beaver and Adams welcomed their first and only child, Madeline. Three years later, many people were shocked to discover that the actress, a non-smoker, died of lung cancer. She was 46 years old when she passed away in her home in Los Angeles, California.

Adams was reportedly cremated, and her loved ones had her ashes scattered at Fern Canyon in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, California, and Franklin Canyon Park in Beverly Hills, California.


The memoir "Life's That Way," Jim Beaver's way of chronicling his wife's last days, was released in 2009, five years after she passed away. In an interview, Beaver opened up about how the book came to be. He shared:

"It was based on this year-long series of nightly e-mails that I sent out during my wife's illness."



Years after Beaver lost his wife to cancer; the disease struck his family again when his niece was diagnosed with a rare inoperable form of cancer.

In November 2017, The "Supernatural" actor took to social media and shared that his then-sixteen-year-old grandniece, Kira, had been diagnosed with brain cancer.


He tweeted: "My heart is breaking. My beautiful 16-year-old niece Kira has inoperable brain cancer. Costs for her care are staggering. Please, if I've meant anything to you, contribute a dollar or 10 or 10 thousand to her care."

Despite her being his grandniece, Beaver referred to Kira as his niece and appealed to his large fanbase to donate money towards Kira's battle and her skyrocketing medical bills.


In a spectacular and heart-warming wave of support, Beaver's fans donated heavily to cover Kira's medical expenses. Sadly, the ailing teenager did not make it out of the fight alive. In December 2019, the actor revealed that she had passed away.

He tweeted: "My treasured niece Kira died this Christmas morning. She was 18. She was one of the bravest and most poised people I have ever met, and her spirit was ferocious and loving and filled with grace."



In 2016, Beaver started dating actress Sarah Spiegel. Two years later, they became engaged, and by June 2019, Spiegel officially became Jim Beaver's wife. His daughter, Madeline, is now all grown up and living with autism.

While many men look at the actor's life through a myopic lens focusing on the many tragedies that have plagued his life, he continues to live his life as best as he can.


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