Sadly Joe Simpson was diagnosed with cancer in October.
In Touch can exclusively reveal that the father of Jessica and Ashlee Simpson is battling stage 4 prostate cancer — which has spread to his lymph nodes.
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"The grim news devastated the entire Simpson family at first. Jessica and sister Ashlee especially took it hard," says a source. "They cried for days about his dire future, and the very real possibility of him dying. But, after initial shock wore off, they rallied behind him."
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The insider adds that doctors have yet to "put a percentage on his chances of survival."
Joe is said to maintain a "contagious upbeat attitude" while his loved ones rally around him.
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"Joe has remained incredibly optimistic about his battle — carrying on with regular chemotherapy treatments and hormone therapy," the source explains. "[His family hopes] for a miraculous recovery for Papa Joe, and they are praying with all their hearts."
A rep for Joe confirms In Touch’s exclusive information on Joe’s illness and surgery, but denies that it is Stage 4 cancer and says Joe has not undergone chemotherapy treatment.
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