Paula Abdul's mother dies at 85

It's a sad week for Paula Abdul.

ET has exclusively learned that her mother, Lorraine Abdul, died on Sunday in California. She was 85.

Although best known for supporting her daughter, Lorraine was a woman of many talents herself. She was a concert pianist, who grew up in one of the only two Jewish families in Minnedosa, Manitoba. 

Lorraine was by Paula's side for some of her biggest moments in the spotlight, including the day she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in December 1991. Paula's sister, Wendy, was also there for the extra special occasion. 

See photos of Paula Abdul and her mother:

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LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 06: Singer Paula Abdul and Lorraine Abdul attend The Music Center's 50th Anniversary Spectacular at The Music Center on December 6, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for The Music Center)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 19: Paula Abdul (C) poses for a photo with her friends and her mother Lorraine M. Abdul (2nd from R) at Paula Abdul celebrates her birthday at Aventine Hollywood on June 19, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 27: Singer Paula Abdul and mother Lorraine Rykiss attend the 24th Annual American Music Awards on January 27, 1997 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Paula Abdul And Mother Lorraine during 10th Annual Starlight Gala at Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - DECEMBER 4: Singer Paula Abdul, mother Lorraine Rykiss and sister Wendy Mandel attend the Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Ceremony for Paula Abdul on December 4, 1991 at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - DECEMBER 4: Singer Paula Abdul, mother Lorraine Rykiss and sister Wendy Mandel attend the Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Ceremony for Paula Abdul on December 4, 1991 at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 14: Singer Paula Abdul, mother Lorraine Rykiss and guest attend American Cinema Awards Foundation's 'Donald O'Connor: An American Treasure, a 65th Anniversary Salute' Summer Gala on September 14, 1991 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MARCH 11: Singer Paula Abdul and mother Lorraine Rykiss attend the 16th Annual People's Choice Awards on March 11, 1990 at Universal Studios in Universal City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 22: Singer Paula Abdul, mother Lorraine Rykiss and sister Wendy Mandel attend the 17th Annual American Music Awards on January 22, 1990 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
CENTURY CITY, CA - JANUARY 7: Singer Paula Abdul and mother Lorraine Rykiss attend the Sixth Annual Television Academy Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on January 7, 1990 at 20th Century Fox Studios in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
JUNE 13: Singer and dancer Paula Abdul poses for a portrait with her parents Lorraine Abdul and Harry Abdul during the filming of the video for her hit song 'Forever Your Girl' which was released on June 13, 1988. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
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Paula took to Twitter earlier this week to share a sweet photo from her recent trip to Israel, where she explained the importance of living life to the fullest.

"This moment from my visit to Israel is one I think of often," she captioned it. "Pausing to watch all the vibrant life going on. EVERY MOMENT of life should be savored & treasured, whether we're alone or w/ people we love. When can you pause today to appreciate life? xoP #TuesdayThoughts."

 

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