UPDATE! 9:24 PM EST: Jennifer released the following statement –
"It is with great sadness that my brother John and I announce the passing of our Mother Nancy Dow. She was 79 years old and passed peacefully surrounded by family and friends after enduring a long illness. We ask that our family's privacy be respected as we grieve our loss."
She will be missed.
On Wednesday, In Touch broke the news that Jennifer Aniston's mother — Nancy Dow — has passed away at the age of 79.
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The publication also reported that the Friends star visited her ailing mom on May 12 — for the first time in five years.
According to a source :
"Jen must have had a wake-up call and wanted to see her mother one last time before she passes."
Since her visit, Aniston's mother suffered a series of strokes, and even lost the ability to speak and walk.
The 47-year-old actress and Dow have had a turbulent relationship throughout the years. There was a period where the two were estranged for nine years because the 79-year-old wrote a book in 1999 called From Mother and Daughter to Friends: A Memoir.
Nancy was married twice — to Jack Melick and John Aniston — and had two children, one from each father.
Our thoughts and prayers go to Dow's friends and family during this difficult time.
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