The mother of political satirist Stephen Colbert and former congressional candidate Elizabeth Colbert Busch died on Wednesday. Lorna Elizabeth Tuck Colbert was 92 years old.
Lorna, who lived in Charleston, S.C., was considered the matriarch of her family. Her obituary describes her as “an accomplished artist, a church leader, a businesswoman, a supporter of the arts” and a woman of “profound faith.”
She was born in Larchmont, N.Y., in 1920 and was the widow of Dr. James William Colbert, Jr., who died in a plane crash with two of their sons, the Post and Courier reports.
Last February, Stephen suspended production of his show, “The Colbert Report,” after his mother fell ill, the Huffington Post reports.
“They are a very private family,” a source told the New York Post at the time. “It’s not surprising that he did not want anyone to know what was going on.”
Stephen is the youngest of 11 children and is very close to his mother, the same source said. In 1974, Stephen's father and two brothers died in a plane crash that created a tight bond between him and his mother, the Post reports.
“She gave us a real scare this year,” he told Oprah Winfrey in an interview last September, according to third-beat.com.
Stephen has yet to release a statement. Both his show and personal Twitter accounts refer to the latest guest, Paul McCartney, who appeared on a special one-hour episode of the show on Wednesday.
Lorna's obituary asks that donations be made in lieu of flowers to Medical University of South Carolina Foundation for the Dr. James W. Colbert Endowment Fund.