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

'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."

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