Friday 22 September 2017

Heartbreak for Jonathan Rhys Meyers as his grandmother passes away

Actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers (L) attends the
Actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers (L) attends the "Roots" night one screening at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on May 23, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers attends the "Roots" night one screening at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on May 23, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Jonathan Rhys Meyers and fiancee Mara Lane seen on December 02, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

Ralph Riegal

Actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers (39) is mourning the loss of his beloved Irish grandmother.

The Tudors star is expected to fly back to Ireland for the funeral arrangements of his grandmother, Marie O'Keeffe, who died on Wednesday.

Mrs O'Keeffe, mother of Jonathan's father, John, died in Cork University Hospital (CUH) after a short illness.

Her death came almost 10 years after the actor lost his mother, Geri (51), following a brief illness.

Geri's funeral was attended by Jonathan's film industry friends including Colin Farrell, Neil Jordan and Cillian Murphy.

His grandmother, who is a mother of four, will be removed from O'Connor Brothers funeral home on Coburg Street this (Friday) evening to St Mary's Cathedral.

She will be buried following Requiem Mass at 10am on Saturday.

Mrs O'Keeffe will be buried in St Michael's Cemetery in Blackrock.

Jonathan was particularly close to his grandmother and brought his fiancee, Mara Lane, to Cork in February 2015 especially to introduce her to his Cork gran.

Just last month, Jonathan and Lara welcomed their first child, a baby boy they named Wolf.

Mara later posted a series of social media photographs about meeting her future Cork in-laws.

Mara and Jonathan later toured Ireland - and the Hollywood producer admitted she enjoyed Ireland so much she would consider setting up home here.

She has now visited Ireland three times with Jonathan.

Jonathan popped the question to Mara in December 2014, after less than a year of dating.

The 'Bend It Like Beckham' star had previously been in relationships with student Reena Hammer and model Victoria Keon-Cohen.

Ms Hammer, heir to the Ruby & Millie cosmetics firm, accompanied him to his mother's funeral in 2007.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers and partner Mara Lane. Picture: Splash News
Jonathan Rhys Meyers and partner Mara Lane. Picture: Splash News

Mrs O'Keeffe was predeceased by her husband, Joe, and is survived by her children John, Mary, Catherine and Deirdre, sisters, brother grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Her grandson has appeared in some of the most acclaimed films and TV series of recent years.

Jonathan's film credits include 'Michael Collins', 'Bend it like Beckham', 'Alexander', 'Mission Impossible', 'Albert Nobbs' and 'The

Mortal Instruments'. His TV credits include 'The Tudors', 'Dracula' and 'Vikings'.

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