Jimmy Fallon is mourning the unexpected death of his mother Gloria.
The sad news comes after the talk show host cancelled a taping of The Tonight Show on Friday (03Nov17) due to a “private Fallon family matter”.
Gloria, 68, passed away on Saturday surrounded by loved ones, a Fallon family spokesperson told People.com in a statement.
“Jimmy Fallon’s mother, Gloria, died peacefully on Saturday. Jimmy was at his mother’s bedside, along with her loved ones, when she passed away at NYU Langone Medical Center in NYC (New York City). Our prayers go out to Jimmy and his family as they go through this tough time,” it read.
A source revealed to People that Gloria had fallen ill on Friday and her 43-year-old son had cancelled the taping of his hit U.S. show to be by her side in hospital.
“Jimmy comes from a very close-knit family, and together with the rest of his loved ones they are by her side right now,” the source added.
It is not yet known if the hit show will resume on Monday.
The comedian, who has two young children with wife Nancy, is known to keep his family life private but has shared funny anecdotes about his mother recently.
Back in June, he told Howard Stern that his mother was a “total square” and used to be a nun.
“She was a nun for about a month, but then she was like, ‘You know what? I didn’t get the calling!’ Ha! When did Sound of Music come out? I think there was like a thing where everyone wanted to be a nun,” Jimmy joked.
– Cover Media