Georgia Holt, singer, actress and mother of Cher, has died aged 96.
Cher announced her mother’s death via Twitter on Saturday night (December 10), writing, “Mom is gone.”
Cher’s representative Liz Rosenberg confirmed the news to the Washington Post. No cause of death or additional details have yet been released, although Holt was admitted to hospital with pneumonia in September.
Holt began her career as an actress, taking roles in dramas such as I Love Lucy and The Adventures Of Ozzie And Harriet.
In 1980 he signed a record deal with Columbia and released the album “Honky Tonk Woman” with members of Elvis Presley’s band.
In 2013 Holt was the subject of a Cher documentary entitled Dear Mom, Love Cher. In the documentary, Cher spoke about Holt, who was married six times, two of them to Cher’s father: “Our mother supported us on her own; when someone says, ‘Oh, your mother was married many times?’ It was always the three of us. There were never really any men at home.”
See below for tributes to Cher and others, including Hillary Clinton’s.
Community star Yvette Nicole Brown wrote: I have known the beautiful Georgia Holt for as long as I have known her beautiful and talented daughter Cher.
“Glad she had her journey through life as long as she did. Still, the loss of your mother is great. Sending love Cher. RIP your hero.”