John Dineen, fiance of 'Downton Abbey' star Michelle Dockery, dead at 34

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'Downton Abbey' Star Michelle Dockery's Fiance Is Dead at 34


"Downton Abbey" star Michelle Dockery's fiance has died after battling a rare form of cancer. He was 34 years old.

According to several reports, John Dineen died Sunday at a hospice in Ireland, just two days before Dockery's birthday.

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The actress's publicist confirmed the news in a statement obtained by People: "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."

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LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: John Dineen and Michelle Dockery attend the Winter Whites Gala in aid of Centrepoint at Kensington Palace on November 26, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: John Dineen (L) and Michelle Dockery attend the Winter Whites Gala In Aid Of Centrepoint on November 26, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Centrepoint/Getty Images for Centrepoint)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Michelle Dockery and John Dineen attend the Lukas Rosol v Rafael Nadal match on centre court during day four of the Wimbledon Championships at Wimbledon on June 26, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Michelle Dockery and John Dineen attend the Lukas Rosol v Rafael Nadal match on centre court during day four of the Wimbledon Championships at Wimbledon on June 26, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Michelle Dockery and John Dineen attend the Lukas Rosol v Rafael Nadal match on centre court during day four of the Wimbledon Championships at Wimbledon on June 26, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: John Dineen (L) and Michelle Dockery attend the Winter Whites Gala in aid of Centrepoint at Kensington Palace on November 26, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by David M.Benett/Centrepoint/Getty Images for Centrepoint)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06: (L-R) Michelle Dockery and boyfriend John Dineen sighting on September 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06: John Dineen and Michelle Dockery watch the women's singles semifinal match between Serena Williams of United States of America and Na Li of China on Day Twelve of the 2013 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 6, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 01: Michelle Dockery and John Patrick Dineen are seen leaving the Venice Airport during The 70th Venice International Film Festival on September 1, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/FilmMagic)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 01: Michelle Dockery and John Patrick Dineen are seen leaving the Venice Airport during The 70th Venice International Film Festival on September 1, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/FilmMagic)
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Dineen was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, though the type is unclear. He reportedly left his job in London to return to Ireland to be with his parents soon after his diagnosis.

Dockery did her best to keep her relationship with Dineen out of the spotlight. But in a rare comment last year, the actress told reporters, "I have a wonderful man in my life from Ireland."

Photos from "Downton Abbey":
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This undated publicity photo provided by PBS shows, from left, Elizabeth McGovern as Lady Grantham, Hugh Bonneville as Lord Grantham, Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley, Penelope Wilton as Isobel Crawley, Allen Leech as Tom Branson, Jim Carter as Mr. Carson, and Phyllis Logan as Mrs. Hughes, from the TV series, "Downton Abbey." PBS is setting the table for the "Downton Abbey" feast ahead with a preview special planned for broadcast in December. PBS' "Masterpiece" says "Return to Downton Abbey" will air on Dec. 1 with what is billed as "a tantalizing taste" of the upcoming season, which begins Jan. 5. (AP Photo/PBS, Carnival Film & Television Limited 2012 for MASTERPIECE, Nick Briggs)
In this image released by PBS, Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess Grantham, is shown in a scene from the second season on "Downton Abbey." The program was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding drama series on, Thursday July 18, 2013. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Emmy ceremony will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. It will air Sept. 22 on CBS. (AP Photo/PBS, Carnival Film & Television Limited 2011 for MASTERPIECE, Nick Briggs)
Joanne Froggatt of "Downton Abbey" poses for a portrait during press day at The Beverly Hilton on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Season five of the period drama debuts this fall in the United Kingdom, this winter stateside. (Photo by Casey Curry/Invision/AP)
Allen Leech of "Downton Abbey" poses for a portrait during press day at The Beverly Hilton on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Season five of the period drama debuts this fall in the United Kingdom, this winter stateside. (Photo by Casey Curry/Invision/AP)
Michelle Dockery of "Downton Abbey" poses for a portrait during press day at The Beverly Hilton on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Season five of the period drama debuts this fall in the United Kingdom, this winter stateside. (Photo by Casey Curry/Invision/AP)
Michelle Dockery, left, a cast member in the Masterpiece series "Downton Abbey," addresses a reporter as fellow cast member Joanne Froggatt looks on at the PBS Summer 2013 TCA press tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Phyllis Logan, left, Sophie McShera, center, and Laura Carmichael, cast members in the Masterpiece series "Downton Abbey," take part in a panel discussion on the show at the PBS Summer 2013 TCA press tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2013 file photo, Sophie McShera, left, and Laura Carmichael, cast members in the Masterpiece series "Downton Abbey," take part in a panel discussion on the show at the PBS Summer 2013 TCA press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
This photo released by PBS and Carnival Film and Television Limited shows, from left, Lesley Nicol as Mrs. Patmore, and Sophie McShera as Daisy, in a scene from season four of the Masterpiece TV series, "Downton Abbey." As it returns for its much-awaited fourth season, it remains a series about elegance, tradition and gentility, and the pressures of preserving them. The show premieres Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 9 pm ET on PBS. (AP Photo/PBS/Masterpiece, Nick Briggs)
This photo released by PBS and Carnival Film and Television Limited shows Gary Carr as Jack Ross in a scene from season four of the Masterpiece TV series, "Downton Abbey." As it returns for its much-awaited fourth season, it remains a series about elegance, tradition and gentility, and the pressures of preserving them. The show premieres Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 9 pm ET on PBS. (AP Photo/PBS/Masterpiece, Nick Briggs)
This photo released by PBS and Carnival Film and Television Limited shows Charles Edwards as Michael Gregson and Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith in a scene from season four of the Masterpiece TV series, "Downton Abbey." As it returns for its much-awaited fourth season, it remains a series about elegance, tradition and gentility, and the pressures of preserving them. The show premieres Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 9 pm ET on PBS. (AP Photo/PBS/Masterpiece, Nick Briggs)
This publicity image released by PBS shows Hugh Bonneville as Lord Grantham, left, and Jim Carter as Mr. Carson from the popular series "Downton Abbey." The third season premiere airs in the U.S. on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 on PBS. (AP Photo/PBs, Josh Barratt)
In this image released by PBS, Joanne Frogatt as Anna Smith, left, and Amy Nuttall as Ethel are shown in a scene from the second season on "Downton Abbey." Frogatt was nominated for an Emmy award on Thursday, July 19, 2012 for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series. The 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Sept. 23 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and airing live on ABC. (AP Photo/PBS, Carnival Film & Television Limited 2011 for MASTERPIECE, Nick Briggs)
In this image released by PBS, Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley, left, and Zoe Boyle as Lavinia Swire are shown in a scene from the second season of "Downton Abbey." The 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Sept. 23 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and airing live on ABC. (AP Photo/PBS, Carnival Film & Television Limited 2011 for MASTERPIECE, Nick Briggs)
FILE - In this file photo released by PBS, Iain Glen as Sir Richard Carlisle, left, and Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary are shown in a scene from the second season on "Downton Abbey." dockery was nominated for an Emmy award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series, Thursday, July 19, 2012 for her role as Lady Mary Crawley on "Downton Abbey." The 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Sept. 23 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and airing live on ABC. (AP Photo/PBS, Carnival Film & Television Limited 2011 for MASTERPIECE, Nick Briggs)
In this image released by PBS, front row from left, Iain Glen as Sir Richard Carlisle, Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary and Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley are shown in a scene from the second season on "Downton Abbey." (AP Photo/PBS, Carnival Film & Television Limited 2011 for MASTERPIECE, Nick Briggs)
This undated publicity photo released by Masterpiece shows Jim Carter, left, as Carson and Phyllis Logan as Mrs. Hughes, in “Downton Abbey,” series 3. The show is nominated for outstanding drama series at Sunday's 65th Primetime Emmy Awards. (AP Photo/Masterpiece, Giles Keyte/Carnival Films)
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