Tyler Perry's mother Willie Maxine Perry, died on Tuesday at age 64, the producer wrote on his website.

Perry an actor and the executive producer of the drama Precious, said his mother was a preschool teacher in New Orleans and said she was the inspiration for his most popular character, Madea.

Willie Maxine Perry. February 12, 1945 to December 8, 2009. Thank you for all your prayers, Perry wrote on his website.

No further details about her death were disclosed.