Our thoughts are with Jennifer Aniston today after she revealed on Wednesday that her mother had sadly passed away.

The 47-year-old star made the official announcement to American magazine People, “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.”

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Nancy Dow, mother of Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston and her mother have had a complicated relationship in the past, with the ‘Friends’ star describing her mother as “very critical”. Their relationship was further strained in 1999 when Nancy published a revealing book called From Mother and Daughter to Friends: A Memoir, all about Jennifer’s life and their relationship. Jennifer was quoted in the Hollywood Reporter describing her mum as, “very unforgiving” following on to say, “She would hold grudges that I just found so petty.”

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Their difficult relationship was further reflected in Jennifer’s decision not to invite her mother to her secret wedding to Justin Theroux last summer. However, in the face of her mother’s deteriorating health, it is reported that the film star rushed to her mother’s bedside when she was hospitalised and is overcome with grief for the loss of her mum.

“No matter how complicated and difficult the relationship between Nancy and Jennifer may have been, it is heartbreaking for any daughter to lose her mother,” a source close to the family tells PEOPLE. “Nancy fought a very long battle, with many ups and downs, and Jennifer is grateful for the happy times they shared. She is pulling close to her husband and family and feels so supported by their love.”

Our thoughts are with Jennifer and her family at this difficult time.

  • Judith Martin-Becker

    Many of us have difficult relationships with our mom’s…two women, don’t necessarily agree. You do the best and continue to feel.