Actress Michelle Dockery joined mourners at a funeral service in Cork, Ireland, on Wednesday (16Dec15) to bid farewell to her fiancé John Dineen.
Dineen, 34, passed away on Sunday (13Dec15) at the Marymount Hospice in Cork, reportedly following a battle with a rare form of cancer.
He got engaged to marry the Downton Abbey star earlier this year (15), and she cut short a press trip in the US after discovering his health crisis.
Dockery, who turned 34 on Tuesday (15Dec15), spent her birthday evening with Dineen’s parents Maria and Patrick and that night they followed her fiancé’s coffin into St. James’ Church in Ballinora, near his family home, for a small gathering ahead of the service.
The actress returned to the Catholic church on Wednesday to join his friends and family for the private funeral mass led by Father Declan Mansfield, according to People.com.
Her representative asked for privacy following news of his death, issuing a statement which reads, “The family is very grateful for the support and kindness they have received but would kindly request that they are left to grieve in private.”
Dockery and Dineen are believed to have begun dating in 2013 following an introduction from her co-star Allen Leech.
Her onscreen mother Elizabeth McGovern appeared on UK TV show Lorraine on Wednesday and said she would pass on the host’s message of condolence, replying, “I will. I’m sure she’ll appreciate that.”
– Cover Media0