CHICAGO (CBS) — Black Star Project founder Phillip Jackson has died at 68-years-old.

Jackson’s family tells CBS 2 he battled a rare form of cancer for a year before being admitted to the Lutheran General Hospital ICU, where he died Sunday afternoon.

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The Black Star Project is a non-profit organization that provides educational and employment services to young people in low-income communities.

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“The family is grateful for all the love and support of the community,” the family said in a statement. “We are committed to carrying on his legacy through the Black Star Project in hope the community will continue to support it.”

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Before starting the organization, Jackson held many jobs with the City of Chicago,  working with the Chicago Housing Authority and Chicago Public Schools.