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Lorna Elizabeth Tuck Colbert, the mother of “The Colbert Report” host Stephen Colbert, has died at the age of 92. Her death came on Wednesday (June 12), according to an obituary in “The Post and Courier” of Charleston, South Carolina.

Although he never explained the details to his audience, Stephen Colbert had hinted at his mother being ill back in February. The faux-political pundit missed two shows unexpectedly and then gave a shout-out to his mom upon his return to “The Colbert Report.”

Colbert had been apologizing for how his absence had ended all political debate in America when he added a sweet message about his mother: “Oh, one more thing. Evidently, having 11 children makes you tough as nails. Confidential to a lovely lady.”

On Twitter, Colbert also paused in his standard joking to thank those who had offered sympathy for the situation. “My family and I would like to thank everyone who has offered their thoughts and prayers. We are grateful and touched by your concern,” Colbert posted.

Lorna Colbert was a Charleston resident born on Nov. 6, 1920. Predeceased by her husband, Dr. James William Colbert, Jr. (who died in a 1974 plane crash with two of the couple’s sons), Lorna was the mother of 11 children, an artist, a church leader and a business woman. By the time of her death, she was the matriarch of a family of 82, including grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Stephen Colbert is the youngest of his mother’s children.

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