Johnny Depp's mother dies after long illness

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Johnny Depp's mother has died.

Betty Sue Palmer died on the morning of Friday, May 20 in Los Angeles after a long illness, ET has learned. She was 81.

In 2004, Depp brought his mother to the Academy Awards, when he received his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

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In 2012, Palmer had reportedly been admitted to the ICU at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. More recently, in 2014, Depp was spotted taking his mother and his wife, Amber Heard, to dinner.

Depp had a close relationship with his mother. The 52-year-old actor has a tattoo of her name, "Betty Sue," inside a heart on his left upper arm that he reportedly got in the late '80s.

In a 2013 interview with Rolling Stone, Depp spoke about his mother's difficult upbringing.

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"My mother was raised in a shack, in the wilds of Appalachia, where the toilet was an outhouse," he said at the time. "She used to say she did the same things that her mom did -- and her mom certainly didn't know any better. With my kids, they're told 75 times a day that they're loved. One thing I know is they feel loved and secure and happy and needed and necessary and a part of something."

Depp, in the middle of an Alice Through the Looking Glass press tour, appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday, days after the death of his mother, where he surprised Pinkand kissed Jimmy Kimmel on the lips.

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