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.”


  1. Heather says
    20 November 07 at 8:08pm

    My heart just sank for Jonathan and his family.

  2. 20 November 07 at 9:06pm

    OMIGOD I feel such pain for what you, Jonathan, are going through. Not only losing your mother who meant so much to you but being made trite fodder of in the media. I’m ashamed that I used to enjoy the celebrity gossip. It’s absolute tripe and cruel. I truly feel for what you’re going through. The fact that you ever tried to get any part of your life under control (alcohol – like 95% of us haven’t been there) and it ALL is reported in the media would be enough to make most actors crumble.)

    Anyway, Jonathan, so very sorry for your horrific loss. You are incredibly gifted at entertaining. But now is your time to lick your wounds and take time for yourself.

  3. Khrissa says
    20 November 07 at 9:43pm

    My condolences to Jonathan Rhys Meyers and his family.

    – K

  4. Andreas says
    21 November 07 at 1:14am

    No matter what I write, no matter what anyone writes, no carefully phrased condolence missive on earth will even come close to describing the insatiable pains and abyss-deep void the departing of the ‘closest friend ever’ rips into one’s heart and soul. Jonny, you will forever miss her! And forever she will miss you! All that remains are memories, and the hope that we’ll find ourselves reunited one day. Until then, your journey must continue! And continue it will! Far too great a talent you are to fade into oblivion, far too strong your inner spirit is to surrender to stacked up pains. You are the pride and joy of your mum, pride and joy of a people mesmerised by your skills. Mourn, Jonny, mourn! And mourn and scream and cry until you hear that sweet familiar voice telling you to stop. The day you dust yourself down and stagger back to your feet is drawing nearer with each of your screams ringing out. Meanwhile, as you try to make sense of it all, remember that each one of us writing to you today stands behind you 100 per cent, as each one of us, in one way or another, has survived the emotions killing you today. We’ll wait for you, Jonny, for you are worthwhile waiting for. All of us are.

    Your fan,

  5. lisa kent says
    21 November 07 at 4:26am

    i feel so sorry for jonathan, i hope he has the love of his brothers and rest of his family around him at the moment and that the press leave him alone to get through this most difficult time of his life and to let him know his fans are thinking of him and sending him love.

  6. Kate McCarthy says
    21 November 07 at 7:50am

    So sorry to hear bout Geraldine…

    But found out this week that I am cousins with Jonathan from a Family Member who was informing us about Geraldine’s illness… I’m only 20 and this is a massive shock.

    Thoughts are with him

    Kate McCarthy


  7. Craig Repchick says
    21 November 07 at 9:35am

    I am very sorry for your loss Jonny. I have a close relationship to my mother also. In fact she lives near me, I think the world of her. So, I can relate to the pain you must be feeling right now. A mother plays an important role in a young man’s life when your father is not there for you. I am gay Jonny, my mother wanted me to be this way. We have grown closer as I have come out to her. You still have your brothers and you can go on tour in band with them. Life has it’s ups and downs. Don’t take yours.

    My deepest sympathy!

    Tampa, FL

  8. aisxx says
    21 November 07 at 11:17am

    :( i cant put it in words xxxxxxxxx

  9. SAANDRA says
    21 November 07 at 11:59am

    I am very sorry for your loss Johnny.

  10. Rebecca K says
    21 November 07 at 12:36pm

    I had the privilege of not only knowing, but spending a summer with this amazing woman, Ger. She helped me through a changing time in my life and I will always be grateful to her and her wonderful sons. I will miss her so much. We had a lot of fun together and I will always cherish the moments we spent…you will be missed Ger. Take care in Heaven

  11. Ana Luiza says
    21 November 07 at 12:38pm

    I’m so sorry for Johnny, I can’t imagine my life without my mom by my side. Anyway, I’m sure he knows he can count on his family and his fans to overcome this loss. Johnny I’m praying for you and hoping you find strength to move on with your life. You’ll always miss her but with time you’ll remember her with love and you’ll laugh when you think about the happy moments you had with her, I’m sure you’ll have a lot of good memories. I want you to know there are so many people that admire you and wish you all the best.

    My condolences to you and your family.

    Ana Luiza (São Paulo, Brazil)

  12. Karla says
    21 November 07 at 1:59pm

    Dear Jonathan, I was saddened to hear the news about the death of your mother. My condolences to you and your family Meyers-O’Keeffe for the terrible loss of your precious mother Geraldine.

    You are in my thoughts and prayers and remember that your mother will be always in your hearts and taking care of you and your brothers.

    My deepest symphaty,

  13. Hanna says
    21 November 07 at 2:53pm

    Since I just lost my dad I can imagine what you are going through… It´s hard, but be strong and take care of yourself!
    Hugs from Hanna

  14. Mary says
    21 November 07 at 3:39pm

    Jonathan, may good memories of your mother give you strength to get through this most difficult time. Remember, your TRUE fans are sending you positive energy and will LOVE YOU FOREVER. I’m just one of them. Stay strong.
    Thinking of you today and always …….. Mary

  15. mara says
    21 November 07 at 4:11pm

    I just want to send my deepest condolences to Jonathan and his family for this terrible loss.
    We all love you, Jonathan, take care and take your time, we’ll wait for you. Love and lots of comforting hugs!


  16. Jen says
    21 November 07 at 7:34pm

    Poor Jonny, may his dear mother rest in peace, though I am glad that they had such a good relationship till the very end.

  17. Geraldine says
    22 November 07 at 2:33pm

    Just remember, your mother is always with you.

  18. Robin says
    22 November 07 at 8:31pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Jonathan. As my father and brother and I are walking through the final stages of my mothers cancer with her, I can easily feel your grief. Don’t forget to use your sponsor thru all this; mine has saved my butt. And they can help when no one else can.

  19. Vicky Schofield says
    23 November 07 at 3:00am

    I was heartbroken to read this news today, and felt that I had to wite and let you know, Jonathan, that I’m truely sorry for your loss and give you all of my best wishes and love. May she now rest in peace, God Bless. ♥

  20. Pedro Camacho says
    23 November 07 at 6:28am

    Os meus sinceros sentimentos ao Jonathan e á sua família. Força para ti Jonathan, que Deus te dê toda a força que necessites. Abraços.

  21. Pedro Camacho says
    23 November 07 at 6:30am

    Tu não perdes-te a tua mãe porque ela está sempre contigo, dentro do teu coração.

  22. Dragana says
    23 November 07 at 8:02am

    Dear Jonny, I am so sorry to hear about your mother.Stay strong, take some time off…And always remember to make her proud in whatever you do in future, she’ll be looking down on you from heaven and make sure you’re always on the right track…

    Love you lots!


  23. Becca B says
    23 November 07 at 10:45am


    I’m so sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. I just lost my “mom” in July and can totally understand the pain, emptiness and loss that you are going through right now. Please know that all of your fans are pulling for you and we want you to stay strong.

    Much Love,

  24. angie says
    23 November 07 at 11:51am

    To the meyers-o’keefe family, deepest sympathy to jonny and his brothers, i just heard the news, keep your chin up babe, you know she will always be with you -from an old trustworthy friend, im sorry i cant be with you. xxxxxx

  25. 23 November 07 at 11:17pm

    I just found out about what happened to his mother. I know what its like to loose someone close to you, but not like this. Especially after all thats happened to him.
    To Jonathan:
    I lost the only father figure I knew when I was 18 to cancer. I felt like my world was going to end, but somehow, it managed to get just a little better with time. I know what its like Jonathan. I, your fan’s, and your family are here for you. You are not alone. We are with you, always.

    Love Forever,

    Austin, Texas USA

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