Our thoughts and prayers are with actor Tom Cruise after the death of his mother, Mary Lee South.
According to People, South died peacefully at her home last week. She was 80 years old.
Cruise, 54, and his three sisters, Lee Ann DeVette, 57; Cass Mapother, 55; and Marian Henry, 52; were at the funeral.
South, born Mary Lee Pfeiffer, worked as a special-education teacher, and ignited Cruise’s love for acting.
“I was always interested in theater, but I never did anything with it,” she said in a 1986 Rolling Stone interview. “When I was growing up, if you went to Hollywood, that was really risqué.”
Cruise and his mother have always maintained a close relationship, so we can’t imagine how devastating this loss might be.