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Tom Cruise's mom Mary Lee South dies at age 80

Mary Lee South, 80, died peacefully last week. Tom Cruise and his siblings reportedly attended a memorial service over the weekend.
/ Source: TODAY

Tom Cruise's mother Mary Lee South has died, a rep for the actor confirmed to TODAY.

Our condolences go out to Cruise, 54, and his three sisters, who reportedly attended a memorial service for their mom over the weekend.

Actor Tom Cruise and mother Mary Lee South attend the 1990 Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles, California. Ron Galella / WireImage

South, 80, died peacefully last week in her sleep following health issues, reported. Her memorial service was held at her local Church of Scientology, according to the website.

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The actor and his mother at the American Cinema Awards in 1991, in Beverly Hills, California.Ron Galella / WireImage

South is often credited as the person who got her son into the entertainment business in the first place, encouraging him to act in local theater groups and try out for high school plays.

"I guess I was his greatest audience," she told Rolling Stone in a 1986 interview. "He had it in him then."

The pair also attended the Golden Globe Awards in 1990.Ron Galella / WireImage

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And throughout Cruise's career, his mom continued to be his biggest fan.

Cruise and South attend the premiere of 'Magnolia' in December 1999, in Westwood, California.Ron Galella / WireImage

She and her husband thought acting was Cruise's "God-given talent," she told the magazine.

The mother and son maintained a close relationship — South was often spotted on Cruise's arm at red carpet events throughout the 1990s, including the Golden Globe Awards.