More unfortunate news
According to news reports now hitting the web, Jonathan’s dear mother Geraldine Meyers sadly passed away yesterday. Deepest sympathy and condolences to the Meyers-O’Keeffe family during this difficult time. Unless further official statements are made, no other news reports will be posted at this time. Feel free to comment with your well wishes here and show your support to Jonathan by enjoying his new film “August Rush” opening tomorrow.
From the Irish Examiner:
Rhys Meyers’s mother dies in hospital
By Dan Collins and Sean O’Riordan
21 November 2007
The mother of movie star Jonathan Rhys Meyers died in a Cork city hospital yesterday — just days after the actor’s drunken outburst at Dublin Airport.
The death of Geraldine “Gerri” Meyers-O’Keeffe, 51, at the Mercy University Hospital was confirmed by the actor’s publicist who said the family had no further comment to make at this sad juncture…
Ms Meyers-O’Keeffe lived in Glanmire, Co Cork, and was hugely proud of her son’s rapid rise to fame as a movie and TV award-winning actor.
“I just gave birth to him. Once he found his niche in life I encouraged him,” she said when he won a Golden Globe and an Emmy nomination for the 2005 CBS mini-series Elvis, in which he played Presley as a young man…
Early in 2006, Jonathan and his mother, with whom he had a very close and loving relationship, attended a civic reception at Cork’s City Hall where he was declared the Cork Person of the Month.
When Jonathan was this summer ranked 22nd on an online list of the world’s 100 hottest actors, as voted for by gay and bisexual men, his mother responded by saying: “I know for a fact that he will treat the survey in the way it was intended, as a bit of fun.”