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Gary Sinise has shared the heartbreaking news that his son Mac Sinise has died at the age of 33.

The 68-year-old Forrest Gump actor revealed that his son died in January 5 following a years-long battle with the rare spinal cancer Chordoma in a post shared to the Gary Sinise Foundation’s website on Tuesday.

Mac had worked with the foundation and had supported his father’s Lt. Dan Band on drums until repeated spinal surgeries and the advancement of his cancer in recent years forced him to step away.

In a lengthy tribute to his son, Sinise recalled the twin tragedies of 2018, when his wife Moria was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in June, before Mac received his chordoma diagnosis in August.

Gary Sinise has shared the heartbreaking news that his son Mac Sinise died on January 5 at the age of 33

Gary Sinise has shared the heartbreaking news that his son Mac Sinise died on January 5 at the age of 33

Mac Sinise had been battling the rare spinal cancer chordoma in recent years, but he continued to work for his father's foundation until a few months before his death

Mac Sinise had been battling the rare spinal cancer chordoma in recent years, but he continued to work for his father’s foundation until a few months before his death

WHAT IS CHORDOMA? 

 Chordoma is a rare type of cancer in the bones of the skull and spine.

It is part of a family of cancers called sarcoma, which include cancers of the bones, cartilage, muscles and other connective tissue. 

Chordomas are generally slow growing, but are relentless and tend to recur after treatment.

Because of their proximity to critical structures such as the spinal cord, brainstem, nerves and arteries, they are difficult to treat and require highly specialised care.

1 in 125,000 people live with chordoma, and it mostly occurs in older people. There are no approved drugs to treat it.

Source: Chordoma Foundation