Stephen Colbert’s mother has died at the age of 92. Lorna Elizabeth Tuck Colbert, of Charleston, South Carolina, was the mother of ten children, including comedian Stephen Colbert and former SC1 candidate Elizabeth Colbert Busch.
Lorna Colbert, the matriarch of her family, passed away on Wednesday. Rumors of Lorna’s illness began circulating in February, 2012, when Stephen announced that he would be cancelling his program, The Colbert Report, due to “unforeseen circumstances.”
As reported by the New York Post, Stephen returned to the air one week later simply stating that he had been in Charleston, South Carolina. Sources reported that Stephen traveled to his mother’s home as she was seriously ill.
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey late last year, Stephen briefly mentioned that his mother gave their entire family “a real scare” due to her illness earlier in the year.
Stephen Colbert’s mother has now died, leaving behind a family of 82. Lorna was a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by her husband Dr. James William Colbert, and her sons William George, Paul Joseph, and Peter Michael.
As reported by International Business Times, Lorna tragically lost her husband and two sons in a plane crash in 1974. Stephen and his mother were reportedly very close.
Lorna was an active member and leader in her church. She is also described in her obituary as an “accomplished artist.” She worked as a businesswoman and was an avid supporter of the arts.
The funeral will services will be private. The family asks for donations to the Dr. James W. Colbert Endowment Fund in lieu of flowers.
Stephen Colbert, age 49, is a comedian, talk show host, and author. He is known for his dry sense of humor and his political satire.
Stephen Colbert’s mother has died, leaving behind a large family and an amazing legacy. The family has not made any formal statements concerning her death.