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Debbie Rowe has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

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In sad news broken by TMZ, the ex-wife of Michael Jackson was only recently informed by doctors that she has this disease.

She is expected to undergo surgery some time in the next several days.

Rowe, of course, is the mother of 18-year old Paris Jackson.

However, Paris is unaware that her only living parent has been diagnosed because she broke off contact with Rowe back in early 2015.

We’d have to imagine Paris is aware of the situation now, though.

Insiders do not point to one specific incident that fractured the relationship between Rowe and Paris Jackson.

After the legendary musician died, Debbie and Paris actually grew very close; so much so that it caused friction with the rest of the family.

But Paris then went through a number of personal issues, turning to drugs and alcohol to deal with the pain of losing her father.

As a result, her relationship with Rowe fell apart, partly due to the influence of other relatives, Rowe believes.

On Mother’s Day of this year, Jackson unfollowed Debbie via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, leading to Rowe writing an open letter to her daughter on Facebook.

“One of the saddest things in this world is to see a child grow up hating one of their parents because they only got one side of the story,” Debbie wrote at the time.

The nurse married Michael Jackson in 1996.

She gave birth to two of the late artist’s kids, Paris and her older brother, Prince.  

The couple divorced in 1999, at which time Rowe signed over all parental rights to Jackson.

We send her our best wishes for a full recovery.