Mark Wahlberg’s mother Alma dies aged 78 as he pays tribute with sweet snap

Mark Wahlberg's mother Alma has died at the age of 78.

Hollywood actor Mark, 49, shared a tribute to his mother with a sweet smiling photo, captioning it: "My angel. Rest in peace."

Mark's brother Donnie, of New Kids on the Block, shared a tribute on Instagram and said: "I'm so blessed to have been brought into this world by, raised by, taught by and set on my life's path by, such an amazing woman.

"My mom Alma's joy for life, love and people – combined with a pride in her humble beginnings and refusal to forget where she came from – undoubtedly shaped me into the man that I am."

He also shared a tribute video of almost two minutes in length for his mother.

Donnie, 51, went on: "I've often said, if you like anything about me, I got it from Alma. I say that because it's true.

"She was, without a doubt, the most loving human being I've ever known.

"I never heard her say, or do, anything disrespectful to anyone. She was, as anybody who ever came across her knows, true blue."

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He added: "Like so many moms who struggled, overcame odds, made something from nothing and pulled off the impossible for their children, she never complained. She did what needed to be done, most often, with a smile. She made the best of times in the worst of times.

"That was Alma – mother, sister, daughter, grandmother, friend, ally, warrior, angel. She made no apologies for who she was, but never put herself above anyone else. She kicked our butts if we messed up, kicked anyone else's butts if they messed with us. Taught us right, made us pay the price when we were wrong."

Describing his mother as "the epitome of the word grace", Donnie shared some memories he had with his mother, as well as some of her favourite songs.

He finished: "It's time to rest peacefully, mom. I love you, miss you, thank you and will celebrate you, today and always. Forever – your Baby Donnie."

Donnie previously shared the news that Alma was living with dementia.

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In July last year he updated fans on how she was doing, saying she was "still Alma" and "still lights up a room", however he did comment on her confusion and memory loss.

Alma had nine children – Arthur, Paul, Jim, Robert, Donnie, Mark, Michelle, Debbie and Tracey.

She was married to their father Donald for 17 years, but he sadly died in 2008.

Their daughter Debbie died in 2003.

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