Mabel Earlene "Madea" Simmons will die next year, according to Tyler Perry who plans to kill off the feisty grandmama character who helped make him famous in plays and movies.

Tyler announced his plan to kill off Madea during an interview on Sirius XM radio.

He said he filmed Madea's funeral 2 years ago, and he's finally able to let her go.

The actor, director and playwright said he will hold Madea's funeral next year to allow her fans time to mourn her passing. He didn't say how he plans to end Madea's life.

Madea is a lawless senior citizen with unhealthy eating and lifestyle habits. She had a lengthy criminal record dating back to age 9 that included charges for assault with a deadly weapon, attempted murder and vehicle theft.

Plus, Tyler said he didn't want to grow older than his famous character, who is 87.

"I just don't want to be her age playing her," said Tyler, who at 49 is still a relatively young man.

It will be 20 years since Tyler donned a dress, wig, padding, and makeup to play his signature character on stage.

The final film franchise, featuring Madea's funeral, will open in theaters in 2019.

Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

  • Kim’s Original Face

    Madea been ran into the ground. He doesn’t need to “kill” her off but let her retire from her shenanigans

  • WutizstillHERE!
  • Marlika

    I understand why he’s doing this, but I don’t think this is going to fare well with die hard Madea fan base.

  • MJF

    LOL more than likely

  • Marlika

    I’m still curious as to what Tyler baby mama and baby look like.?????? He’s kept them hidden very well.

  • The Shy Cookie

    About time he killed this minstrel show character

  • Li-Wright

    OT: Treasure is a fraud https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atkytR3IICQ
    As for Tyler -- it's way pass time. Put a woman in a Madea.

  • Mielle Downey

    He has grown as an artist I doubt this will not affect his career and production company. Not all actors want to be type caste and i applaud him for his courage to grow beyond this character .

  • imright

    damn ! i thought ol Tyler was dead?

  • bemetoo

    he has a baby daddy too

  • Faithz

    Tyler Pleas don't that's not a good Ending at all..
    Let her retire in the south of France, with some of her
    Older friends, and have her come back to visit from time to time,and
    you go there, to visit and make a Movie about her Living the Life after Retirement.

  • bemetoo

    medea aint gon die it will be all a dream

  • bemetoo

    lol metoo damn ion know kanye was working with all that ass

  • Prettybrowneyes

    From what the sister says it was for a free trip to LA. The mom and daughter both need crazy checks smh.

  • Vonn

    He may kill her off in a movie, but he'll still dress up as her at home.



  • Vonn

    ? He borrowed one of his wife's prosthetic butts.

  • Faithz

    Hey Tyler are better still let her go Missing, and start looking for
    her, and write more scripts off that.

  • FukkFolks2018

    WAS JUST talking about this. Sandra you in our Groupme chatbox? You be spying on us? HUH?

    Anyways I kinda seen this coming. He is ready to be rid of her bc he is doing different stuff. And really the addition of Madea in A LOT of the movies is a sub plot that could have been avoided. The Taraji/Gladys/Mary J movie. Madea didnt have to make an appearance in that one. Some others too.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    "It will be 20 years since Tyler donned a dress, wig, padding, and makeup to play his signature character on stage."
    Madea should have been killed off 20 years ago. :-|

  • FukkFolks2018

    *His ays still aint believable as Alex Cross tho. Whether Madea is dead or not.

  • Rahab

    My niece is 5 and TP can be himself and she will say, he looks like Madea. Boo! ?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Black Twitter would be in an uproar if Tyler died.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Nooooooooooooo!!! ????

  • Yui

    Please ?

    He’ll end up filming Madea Goes to Heaven? (Yep, you gotta was add a question mark) co-starring Cardi B and Nicki Minaj instead.

    Mark my words!

  • Faithz
  • Vonn

    Listen, I love the Alex Cross series, but seeing him in the role was a huge disappointment. Soon as they announced he was playing Alex, I was like ??. I loved Matthew Fox in it though.

  • Pitty Patty

    Madea should have did 5 movies ago...but ok Tyla....

  • Coy little wink

    Sandra posted her here...

  • iWasteTime

    You better send her off right!
    I need her brother high
    All the folk she helped there
    Brown need to show up and out ... lol

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  • Pitty Patty

    I wonder if Shemar Moore and his braided wig will make an appearance at the funeral...

  • Soon2BWife

    Brown betta sang at that fune!!!!

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  • FukkFolks2018

    We saw that trailer originally in a movie as a preview. My oldest said she kept waiting for him to break out with "Heller how yer derin" dressed as Madea at any moment???

  • Nik

    I knew it! Everything about that story seemed contrived.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I was wondering when Tyler was going to get tired of wearing those ugly dresses and that wig.

  • Soda

    Dr Phil is a reality show so all his guests are fake.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    You should be ashamed.

  • Alextra Ballard

    He finna kill Madeah?!?!....what are those 'church' peepo gon do? They love Madea

  • bemetoo


  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    You mean put her in an adult daycare or assisted living facility?
    That's another movie!!

  • Vonn

    I'm not. ??

  • Shamwow

    With dress changes like Aretha.

  • Guess Who

    About time. In fact ALL black men cross dressing under the guise of comedy - but for real they feel comfortable rocking a dress and a wig - needs to dead all of those characters.

  • Kimocha

    So how is he gonna continue to do comedy movies without Madea?...Will all his movies be serious filled with drama from now on?.... Cuz he's not funny without her!

  • Applebootay

    Good, now go kill that over done black black blackity black dye job on his beard and head scalp...let's kill 2 birds with 1 stone..PUHLEASE.

  • Y me?

    Right! And its pure torture trying to watch him play a straight man. He shud never act in his own films unless its as madea. The why did i get married movies were good except for the pain of watching him pretend to be interested in his "wife"

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  • Carrington

    It will all be a dream. Madea will wake up and realize that she ain't dead and then come downstairs and one of her 82 grandkids from her 33 kids (cause she got a different family (besides Cora) in every movie) will be at the table.

  • T Willis

    He also had a hand in Kerry Washington’s film “Meet the Peeples”, which I thought was really funny. I think Tyler can create some good projects he just needs to let some quality people write, direct, and produce.

  • Judge Mental Will

    Equivalent to killing his career, Madea films are the only fims i like from him. TV shows i dont like. This is another publicity stunt so trust and believe he will resurrect Madea aftet numerous failed movies without Madea.

  • T Willis

    There are several photos of her online. She’s a gorgeous Ethiopian (I think lol) model. I want to see his kid. I think his son’s name is Aman or something like that, cause folks were joking about the g@y play on words lol (poor kid)

  • T Willis

    Madea films are only interesting because of her. I think she was like a Trojan horse used to deciminate his overly moral and religious undertones. Without Madea it’s just a bunch of black people trying to lecture you on how to be a productive member of society - or how not to be abused/r@ped/etc. I was done with Madea when she went to jail lol and I haven’t looked back since lol. I have enjoyed his other films (“Why Did I Get Married” & the sequel - “Meet The Peeples”), so hopefully he’ll be focused on producing more quality films.

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    Thank the Lordt and all of his saints!!!

  • abby500

    Shiiiid, he better hope Madea don’t kill him first.

  • abby500

    She don’t need him. She can get someone else to produce movies around her character.

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  • Ryan

    He'll just do a "Madea's Ain't Dead!" movie in a year or two. Not getting my hopes up!

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  • Kanyade

    "[They] all wanna be big, big stars
    Yeah, but [they] got different reasons for that"

    -Counting Crows, "Mr. Jones", (1993)

  • Quitedeliteful

    Honestly, I'll be sorry to see Madea go. She's brought a lot of laughs to a lot of people...

  • Quitedeliteful

    Honestly, I'll be sorry to see Madea go. She's brought a lot of laughs to a lot of people...

  • Knocked Kneed and Pigeon Toed

    I have every play and every movie she's in. Comical as hail. She makes them honestly. I will be sad to see her go. I don't know if Ty is gonna be able to cope with killing her off tho. He seems so at peace when he plays her.

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  • Indies beauty

    But...but..but...I like her!

  • queen of cups

    Damn lol

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    He better think long and hard about killing Madea. She is the glue in his dynasty.

  • KcoolMuziq

    Too bad I wasn't fortunate enough to work with her.

  • WhoKnew

    Sounds about right. Here are just a few suggested titles. "Madea Goes Missing in Uganda or "The Search for Madea and her Boo the Columbian Drug Lord" or Where in da hell is Madea's Black Ass Cuz She Done Stole My Jewry and My Pension Check"? I could go on and on....

  • Shira Harding-James

    Thank heavens!

  • Logan Roberts

    Tyler was on the View this morning. He's so humble, generous & smart. Love him ?

  • Logan Roberts

    Tyler was on the View this morning. He's so humble, generous & smart. Love him ?

  • T3

    That damn costume is spot on ???

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  • Faithz

    Uganda got me Lol, are they could put
    Madea right smack dab in the Middle of the
    Immigrants coming to America lol

  • Faithz

    Me too Auntee, I have a Relative that act
    Like Madea in real life.

  • Faithz

    Hey Tyler leave Madea along, Just let her
    Get lost at sea.

  • Faithz

    My relative who favor Madea has so many sayings
    That she comes up with. Like girl your hair is as Na pp y
    as a She eps as. Are Gorl you need to slow
    Down on chasing them garden hose

  • ola57

    Madea needs a to be a grandmother if possible a great grand mother before she passed. What happen to have daughter Coral?

  • TooMuchTea

    Right! Why announce he’s going to kill her off?? Need time to mourn? He think folk gon commit suicide if he just kill her off??

  • TooMuchTea

    Right! Why announce he’s going to kill her off?? Need time to mourn? He think folk gon commit suicide if he just kill her off??

  • ClaireHuxtable

    He can't do it...not for long. Madea is his moneymaker. People love her.

    2022.."Madea returns from the D3ad".

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Just like a cheating husband...she won't be gone long.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Exactly. Parts 1 & 2.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    YeahYeah. I like.

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    That's the only thing I'll watch. Lol I threw in the towel on those soap operas.

  • the chosen one

    LMFAO. That's funny.

  • Joy King

    Get it Tyler! I had no idea he was only 49. I take issue with how he portrays some of his black female characters but I have so much respect for this man and what he's accomplished. But please don't kill off Madea. She's my favorite character. Love her.

  • the chosen one

    What happened to Madea goes to Wakanda?

  • friendofblog

    And I bet she's gonna make appearances in people's dreams just like the grandma on Soul Food.

  • Yvonne79

    GOOD!! 10 yrs overdue but hey..... better late than never

  • Blue

    I'm just amazed that Madea's lacefront looks better than what I see on celebrities and reality tv stars. Am I the only one that has noticed this?

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  • Merkaba morris

    Good. ! ...now wont he jus killed off all those sterotypical movies that he produce , and do some movies that covers whats going on Now in this reality , maybe he can make something with substance ...good he employs black people but he must do better as a artist stop making bullshit ....Love and Light

  • RAE23

    Right...I hated that thing!

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    I dont think he should do it... the Madea persona has been the main cash cow for Tyler for a very long time....there's no way I would jeopardize that...especially when his other movies are below average...

  • Sassie

    I like Tyler Perry and I love Madea's character. That damn character is funny as all hell, mayne.

  • BloodBlood

    So now he's going to force us to like him cause he ain't him without madea


    i'm going to miss that character but I love Tyler!

  • ClaireHuxtable

    U really need to call him.

  • Mz_Opinionated

    LOL!!!! You, You and your mess...LOL! Call him?! What the hell prompted you to say that...

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    I would but he only takes calls from lightskin men....

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Because she was signifying and being shady....as per usual...I wish I could meet some of yall in person...I wanna know if that same energy gets kept at all times...

  • Mz_Opinionated

    Nah, don't take it personal. It's all fun. She good people...Some people do too much. She's not one of them.

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  • ClaireHuxtable

    and Oprah.
    I guess we're disqualified.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Well how else will he know how we really feel?
    He once said that as long as people wanted to see her, he would do her.
    I think people could deal with her marrying a Saudi prince, taking a lonng vacation and then k1lling him like some of her husbands...but not being completely d3ad.

  • cheechee1x1

    It's time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Gee, that was a mean thing to say. I try to be authentic & genuine at all times. Just here to enjoy the conversation. I'm a nice person who likes to laugh and make others have fun too.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Thank you for your kind words, Mz_O.
    You didn't have to say anything. I appreciate your spirit.

  • Mz_Opinionated

    It's not many people I enjoy on this board. For some odd reason. You make me laugh. And I enjoy that. I don't think you're mean spirited at all.

  • SumthinSweeter

    wtf....lmaoooooo @that clip.

  • Mrs. S. O.

    Realistically, the Madea character does need to die off or be revamped. She's of a generation that is already dying or dead. 20 years from now, Black grandmas won't be like the Madea character. She will be a relic of the past.

  • Carrington

    Grandma's will be EXACTLY who Madea is 20 years from now. LOL Cussing out the police, smoking weed, talking $hit.. she IS this generation.

  • suganspice68

    I love Madea! I will miss that character

  • Nyla

    I know right! My favorite character