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Actor Billy Porter is mourning the loss of his beloved mother, Cloerinda Jean Johnson Porter-Ford. She was 79.

Porter’s mother was diagnosed with a neurological disorder when he was younger.

Porter announced his mother’s passing in an emotional Instagram post on Thursday.

“With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our loving mother, Cloerinda Jean Johnson Porter-Ford. We were right beside her when she took her last breath, wrapped in our arms.”

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He added: “Mommy lived life to the fullest despite physical limitations pressed upon her. She was the personification of true Christianity and her unconditional love is a template that the world could benefit from employing. Her example is what we continue to strive for.”

He concluded: “We are heartbroken she is no longer here with us, but find solace that her suffering has ended. Her fight was long and hard—she did it with grace and integrity. Mommy will remain forever in our hearts as she continues to guide us from above, as she has done on this Earth. From Labor to Reward…”

Celebrities and social media users offered condolences.

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Actress Gabrielle Union wrote, “Love you Billy!! Praying for you and all her loved ones.”

And talk show host Tamron Hall wrote: “Praying for you. Thank you for sharing her journey with the world. We love you,”