Mary took a turn yesterday, and Buddy rushed back to New Jersey last night to be by her side. She passed early this morning, June 22nd, surrounded by all of her children. Mary's condition had been steadily worsening these past months, so it was not sudden but still extremely heartbreaking for the family. After eight years of fighting her battle with ALS, the family is relieved she is no longer suffering. Buddy and his sisters are absolutely crushed right now.
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"It's with an extremely heavy heart that I must share the news of my mother's passing," he wrote alongside the photo of his mother. "She left for heaven this morning, surrounded by the family. This is a difficult time for all of us and I do ask for your patience and respect while we let this sink in. Her battle with ALS has ended, she is no longer suffering and I hope she's dancing to 'I Will Survive' with my dad right now."
After her diagnosis, the Carlo's Bakery owner started the Mama Mary Foundation to raise funds and awareness for ALS.
Our thoughts are with his family.
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Gregg Allman, best known for performing in The Allman Brothers Band, passed away at 69.
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Erin Moran, who is known for her role in TV sitcom "Happy Days," died at the age of 56 after a secret battle with cancer.
Comedian Don Rickles died at the age of 90 from kidney failure.
Comedian Charlie Murphy died at 57 from complications stemming from a battle with leukemia.
Roger Moore, a former James Bond star, died after a short battle with cancer at 89.
Jonathan Demme, the director known for his work on thriller "Silence of the Lambs," died at 73 from esophageal cancer and complications from heart disease.
Roger Ailes, who was at FOX News for two decades before being ousted last year for alleged sexual harassment, died at 77 after suffering a fall at his home.
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