Director Tyler Perry's mother, inspiration for Madea, dies

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Tyler Perry, the director of the wildly popular "Madea" films, is mourning his own matriarch.

The filmmaker announced his mother Maxine Perry's death on the "Messages" page of his official website Tuesday.

"In Loving Memory/ Willie Maxine Perry/February 12, 1945 to December 8, 2009/ Thank you for all your prayers," the post reads next to a picture of Perry and his mother taken at the "Madea's Family Reunion" premiere in 2006.