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Tyler Perry's mother dies at 64; Willie Maxine inspired Madea character

Tylerperry Movie producer Tyler Perry says his mother, Willie Maxine Perry, has died at age 64.

Tyler posted a brief notice on his official website, thanking fans for their prayers. He did not mention a cause of death or any other details.

Perry, 40, has said his mother was the basis for his most popular character, Madea. Click here for a great scene from the stage version of "Madea Goes to Jail" to get the idea.

The producer recently commented on plans to "get away from Hollywood for a sec" to clear his head, with a touring production of "Madea's Big Fat Happy Family" that premieres in Denver in January. He's also been very moved by the movie "Precious," he said, on which he is an executive producer.

"If you've never seen a Madea play, then you haven't seen Madea at all," he posted on his site. Click here for a great scene from the stage version of "Madea Goes to Jail."

Maxine was a preschool teacher at the New Orleans Jewish Community Center for most of her life, the Atlanta paper reported.

Perry's publicist did not immediately respond to a phone call from the Associated Press.

— Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Tyler Perry stands by a poster of his character Madea, whom he has said is based on his own mother, Willie Maxine Perry, as he attends the premiere of "Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail" in New York. Peter Kramer / Associated Press.

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sorry for the death of your mother,and if your mother was anything like madea, then she was one hell of a woman; that didn't take no mess. when i look at your movies i have to laugh because madea remins me of myself in a lot of ways; and the brother really reminds me of my own brother. once again mr,Perry our hearts and prayers go out to u, and your family. thank you Mr, perry for bring out the truth'in most of our lives...I'm a single mom with five childern and i have three that i didn't birth, but loved them as if I did.We love you T.Perry thank you once again from the bottom of our hearts. please reach out to me if there is anything I can do to help [email protected]

I am truly sorry to here about your mother may you be strenghten by your Faith in our Father Your mother is in a better place and will live on in you. I will send up a Prayer for you and your family.

Be encouraged. Our God is ever near and no matter what we feel, we can take to Him in prayer. I'm a mom and a grand-mom and I thank God for my family. They are the ones that have always been there and no one can take their place, but as we look up to the God who loves us and is ever merciful, we are encouraged by a love that surpasses any that we can ever know on this side of eternity. He is our ever-present help.

Tyler-
You are in my prayers. My mother passed away on November 21, 2009 and I havent been the same. Just know that your mother is in a better place and I God will see you through...

I just wanted to send my condolences to you and your family. We had a Aunt Mary who reminded me of Madea. I recently lost my Dad in July and my Mom in August 3 weeks apart so I know a little about what your going thru. Grief isn't easy you have to take each day one day at a time. But you are truly Blessed because you and your mom have touched so many lives. I have my memories and lots of traditions to keep alive and I just went thru my first Thanksgiving without them and this will be my first Christmas without them too but just remember all the memories and how much you were loved and how much you loved your mom. God Bless you and your family

Hi MR Perry, stay strong and remain blessed i just lost my mother as well in nov 29 2009 so i understand your pain,she's 2 yrs younger than yours bro, stay strong and let her star and light continue to shine through your deeds as long as you live. God blessings to you and your family.

Dear Tyler Perry, sorry about that sad news of your mother's passing. I cannot tell u out of my own mouth that it will be ok, alright or any such thing because i canot feel your pain. My mother is still living sif i told u everything was goona be alright, i would be lying, or if was too tell u that i feel your pain, i would be lying also.. But i can tell u to pray and ask god to strengthen you through these hard times as he strenghthen you through all the other hard times that you have managed to pull through in life. I pray for you and the Perry Family by all means and may god strenghthen you all and walk hand and hand with you all through this most tragical moment..We love you and may god bless you and keep you head strong.. Sincerly; Jermaine Comeaux (Houston,Tx)..

Hey all -- Christie D'Zurilla from the blog, here.

Just watched Tyler Perry's taped interviewed on the Barbara Walters special tonight, where he's talking about the time he spent with his mother and aunt, and how the thing he's most proud of has been being able to take terrific care of his mother -- my heart goes out to him. What a tragic juxtaposition of success and sorrow.

Reading everyone's heartfelt comments is making it just that much more touching. Thanks for expressing your feelings here -- the Ministry is honored.

For real.

/cdz

IM SO SORRY TO HEAR THAT AND EVERY TIME YOU ASKED FOR PRAYER FOR YOUR MOTHER, I DROPPED TO MY KNEES AND SAID A PRAYER FOR HER. YOU DONT KNOW ME BUT I FEEL SO CONNECTED TO YOU THROUGH WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN THROUGH AND SHARED WITH US AND THE THINGS YOU HAVENT SHARED, BEEN THERE AND UNDERSTAND. YOU HAVE MY PRAYERS ALWAYS, AND YES YOU WILL MAKE IT THROUGH.. HE HAS BEEN PREPARING YOU FOR THIS MOMENT AND STRENGHTENING YOU AS WELL, MY HUMBLE APOLOGY BUT TYLER YOU ARE STRONG AND YOU WILL GET THRU. MOTHERS ARE VERY SPECIAL AND PUT SOMETHING IN YOU THAT NO ONE OR THING CAN MOVE... SO KEEP WHAT SHE PUT IN YOU ALONG WITH THR GOODNESS AND GRACE OF GOD AND YOU WILL MAKE IT.. MUCH LOVE. MS EVETTE

Dear Tyler

I am sadden to hear of the death of your mother, there is no one on earth as great has one mother us have been there for you, and have stuck up for, if you were wrong are right. No matter what you feel right now, you know to god with you day by day I thank God to keep you safe and your family. And to give you strength. The mother will always be with you. Her body my not be here but her strength,courage live on in you. she will always be in your heart and memory, I did not know your mother. But she were like a friend of mines as well thru you words and love of her as i had pray for her during her moment of sickness. God is merciful he need her back home.

I just want to say that I'm so sorry to hear about Mr. Perry's mom, that is a hard thing when you lose your mom, I know because I lost mine and I never got the chance to tell her that I loved her. My prays are with ytou and your family. May God blessed you all.

Hello Mr. Tyler Perry

I would like to send my condolences to you and your family. I can imagine what you are going through because I lost my mother. I was very sadden when I heard the passing of your mother and I want you to know that God is always near. I realize this is a difficult time for you and your family, but God will give you the strength to be strong and get through this. Just keep the faith and believe he loves all of us, the Lord called your mother home and she's now in a better place. You have touched so many lives by sharing what you've gone through as well as bringing it to the big screen. I pray that God keep you and your family safe and give each and every one of you strength to get through this tragic time. Tyler, your mother will always remain in your heart, whatever you decide to do keep her close. I will say that I love you as my brother in God's eyes and will continue to pray for you. I want to thank you for what you bought into my life and those of the world. God bless you and my deepest prayers are with you. I am here for you and will always be at reached. [email protected]

Hi Tyler:

We the Davenport Family, was so sorry to hear the loss of your dear sweet mother.
But to be absent from the Body, Is to be
Present with the LORD. We know you loved
her, but remember GOD loved her Best. Our
Prayers are with you. May GOD continue to Bless and keep you and your family in his
Care.

DEAR TYLER:

DEAR TYLER:

MY FAMILY AND I, WAS SO SADDENED WHEN WE RE-
CEIVED THE NEWS ABOUT THE LOSS OF YOUR DEAR SWEET MOTHER. BUT REMEMBER TO BE ABSENT FROM THE BODY, IS TO BE PRESENT WITH THE
LORD. AND ALSO WE KNOW YOU LOVED HER BUT,
GOD LOVED HER BEST. OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH
YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO
BLESS EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU.


My thoughts and prayers go out to Tyler and family. I'm sure there's nothing like a mother's love, her gentle touch, to her sage advice. That said may you find comfort in knowing that your mother was able to enjoy her flowers while she lived. I'm certain she will forever hold a special place in your heart and knowing that all the wonderful things you were able to provide and the memories you two shared. May God guide you throughout your time of sorrow.

God, please grant Tyler and the entire family the strength needed during this time of sorrow.

will pray for your family.. i know that it is hard.. but you will make it thru

Hi Tyler I am a very big fan of every movie and play you have ever played, and I just want to let you know that I am sorry for the death of your mother and you are in my prayers. Stay strong and keep God first, also remember that he does not make mistakes

I would like to offer my condolences to you Mr. Perry.I lost my mother unexpectedly on December 6 she was 55 and I know what your going though. I will keep you in my prayers.
Here is a pray that i recite to my self often.
I hope it helps you during this time.

Father in heaven, only you know how death fits into your plan.Console me as I adjust to life without the loved one you have called to be your own.Help me understand the reason for this loss as you reveal your will for me.
In Jesus name I pray Amen.


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