Wendy Williams' own talk show host's mother, Shirley Williams, has died.
Wendy confirmed her mom's death on Monday in the episode "The Wendy Williams Show," stating that Shirley died "beautifully and peacefully" surrounded by "love."
“My mom passed away many, many, many, many weeks ago,” said the 56-year-old star. - Do you know how you lose track of days and times? All I know is that it was a long time ago. Five of us, my mom, dad, my brothers and sisters, five of us - she will always be here."
She added that her mother passed away “quietly and peacefully, surrounded by love. She didn't suffer a bit."
Wendy reflected on her relationship with her mother, saying that they often acted like "teenage girls" together.
“Gone is the best mother, the best woman a girl could ever have,” she said, holding back tears. "I was lucky that she was in my life for 56 years."
Family friend Courtney Brown first shared the news of Shirley's death on Instagram, captured by The Shade Room. (Brown's post was later deleted.)
“One of my grandmother's best friends in 83 years passed away … Mrs. Shirley Williams,” Brown wrote next to a photo of Shirley with her grandmother. “Always available to my grandmother and our family, she flew in to share this beautiful speech at my grandmother's 100th birthday. Mr and Mrs Williams is really what kids now call #CoupleGoals.”
“May she rest in peace, we pray with Wendy Williams and the whole family,” she added.
Fans expressed their condolences to Wendy upon hearing this news.
Wendy's mother occasionally joined her daytime talk show host, and fans were aware of the close bond between mother and daughter.
In her 2010 appearance, Shirley talked about when Wendy was born in 1964, calling her daughter "sunbeam."
“In 1964, my family was full of stress and darkness because my mother was diagnosed with colon cancer,” Shirley said in the episode. “But then a ray of sunshine entered our lives. Wendy was born in July. So what a wonderful blessing it was for us that one rested in peace in October, while the other brought a ray of sunshine, hope and a wonderful, cheerful personality into our lives."
Shirley has worked as a resource specialist with learning disabilities throughout her career. She raised her children Wendy, Wanda and Thomas in Ocean Township, New Jersey.