Willie Maxine Perry, the mother of movie star and producer Tyler Perry died on Tuesday after a long illness. The announcement of her death was posted on Perry’s blog. Perry credited his mother as the inspiration of the character of his most famous character, Madea.

Tyler Perry as Madea

Tyler Perry as Madea

“Willie Maxine Perry. February 12, 1945 to December 8, 2009. Thank you for all your prayers,” a message posted on Perry’s website said Tuesday.

Earlier this week Perry asked fans on Facebook and Twitter to pray for his mother, who had been ill since August.
Perry spoke earlier this year about the physical and emotional abuse he and his mother suffered at the hands of his father, whom she was still married to at the time of her death.

Perry’s mother, a longtime preschool teacher in New Orleans, was 64. No other information has been released regarding her death.

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