Hollywood star Mark Wahlberg has lost his mother, Alma Wahlberg, who has passed on at the age of 78.
The news was announced on social media by Mark Wahlberg and his older brother Donnie Wahlberg (also an actor) on Sunday, April 18, with the younger sibling tweeting: “My angel. Rest in peace.”
My angel. Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/m2Xm9AOkSj
— Mark Wahlberg (@markwahlberg) April 18, 2021
Posting via his Instagram account, Donnie Wahlberg’s tribute to his late mother reads: “It’s time to rest peacefully, mom. I love you, miss you, thank you, and will celebrate you, today and always.
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The cause of Alma Wahlberg‘s death has not been revealed as of the time of writing this, and in his post on Sunday, Donnie celebrated her by calling her “the epitome of grace.”
“She made no apologies for who she was, but never put herself above anyone else. She kicked our butts if we messed up, kicked anyone else’s butts if they messed with us. Taught is right, made us pay the price when we were wrong. She was the epitome of the word grace.”
Speaking in an interview with Boston’s WCVB-TV in 2018, Alma Wahlberg had said, “People know me as being the mother of famous children, and although this fact has brought many gifts into my life and has afforded me opportunities that may never have been possible otherwise, there is a whole lot more to my story than most people know.
“I’ve lived with alcoholism and abuse, struggled with poverty and experienced great wealth, lost so many that I loved, struggled to raise nine children, and I love them more than anything else, watch them suffer, learn and come out on the other side, lost myself, found myself again and again, and kept moving forward, no matter what.”
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Alma Wahlberg is survived by eight children. Her daughter Debbie died in 2003.