Mindy Kaling is opening up about the loss of her mother, Swati Roysircar, in honor of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. In a recent PSA for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network's annual campaign, the 41-year-old actress and mom of two revealed the important advice her mom shared with her before she died from pancreatic cancer in 2012. "The most important thing she told me was to always be my own best friend, and that's why I'm standing here today with my mom in spirit, to continue her fight by advocating and supporting research that advances early detection and treatments for pancreatic cancer patients and their families," Mindy said. "Because when we do that, we give those fighting today a chance at a life that my mom didn't have."
Mindy has previously talked about the painful loss of her mom to cancer. For Mother's Day in 2019, she paid tribute to her on Instagram, writing, "I always used to dread Mother's Day because of how much I miss my own mom who passed away 8 years ago. Going to brunch and seeing all these women laughing and talking to their moms made me so jealous . . . I will always feel that hole in my heart. So I want to send lots of love to those out there who are missing their mothers." Watch Mindy's emotional PSA above.