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Tyler Perry's mom, Willie Maxine Perry, dies at 64

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Tbd-tylerperry121009 Tyler Perry's mother, whom he credited in a 2006 interview for inspiring his popular character Madea, has died, the AP reports.

The mogul announced the death on his Web site with a message that read, "Willie Maxine Perry. February 12, 1945 to December 8, 2009. Thank you for all your prayers."

His mother was 64. Perry did not say where his mother died or anything about the cause.The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said Maxine Perry was a preschool teacher who worked at the New Orleans Jewish Community Center for most of her life.

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