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Boy George left 'devastated' by death of his Irish mother

Boy George's mother, Dinah O'Dowd, who was from Dublin, died on Monday at the age of 84

Singer Boy George has been left "devastated" by the death of his Irish-born mother.

Dinah O'Dowd, who was from Dublin, died on Monday at the age of 84.

The death of the mother-of-six was confirmed by the Culture Club singer's representatives.

It was reported that Dinah died surrounded by her family, including George.

Mrs O'Dowd grew up on Wellington Street in Dublin before moving to London when she was 19.

In 2020, she was admitted to the hospital with heart and lung problems.

At the time Boy George tweeted to say: "My beautiful mum is in the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Woolwich.

"A problem with her heart or lungs. She’s stable but they have said they won’t resuscitate her if things go wrong? Apparently, it won’t work? How can they know. Please pray!".

She recovered after a two-day stint in the hospital and the singer confirmed to Lorraine Kelly during a live interview that she was on the mend.

In 2022, when he appeared on I’m a Celebrity, Get me Out of Here, the singer shared his sadness over her falling ill during Covid and became emotional.

Speaking to the Mirror at the time, his mum said: "George and I are very close and I’m so very proud of him.

"He is always there for me, so his reaction wasn’t a surprise, and I am waiting to hug him when he gets home."

Posting on Instagram, DJ Fat Tony described Dinah as "an incredible, beautiful, strong woman".

"God bless you, you amazing woman Dinah

"My heart goes out to @boygeorgeofficial and the entire O Dowd family what an incredible beautiful strong woman we will miss you".

No funeral details have yet been announced.

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