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Iman mourns loss of her mother just two months after husband David Bowie died

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Published 01/04/2016 | 08:39

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Rock music superstar David Bowie (R) and his wife, supermodel Iman smile as they pose for photos after Bowie received a star on the world famous Walk of Fame 12 February in Hollywood, CA. Bowie, whose changing persona has marked him as one of rock music's most dynamic performers over the last three decades, recently released his latest album "Earthlings." (Photo credit should read VINCE BUCCI/AFP/Getty Images)
Iman and David Bowie leave The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala May 07, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Iman attends Variety Power Of Women: New York presented by FYI at Cipriani 42nd Street on April 25, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Variety)
David Bowie and Iman. Photo: Reuters

Iman is morning the loss of her mother, just two months after her husband David Bowie died.

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Bowie passed away from liver cancer at the age of 69 in New York City at his Manhattan family home on 10 January. On Thursday, a source revealed to Entertainment Tonight that Iman's mother Marian Abdulmajid has also passed away.

Iman has spoken previously about how much her parents motivated her in life, and how much their involvement in the Somali independence movement in the 1960s inspired her.

"My mother was an activist, so was my father. They came from a generation of young Somalis who were actively involved in getting independence for Somalia in 1960," she told Britain's The Guardian newspaper in 2014.

David Bowie and Iman. Photo: Reuters
David Bowie and Iman. Photo: Reuters

"So I remember when I was five how busy our house was. People would come in the middle of the night, meetings after meetings, and protests and all that. I grew up in the midst of all of that. And she instilled that in me. The fact that nobody can take your self-worth unless you give your consent.

"She always said to me that there is nothing that the boys can do – because I had two brothers – that you can't do, if not better."

Iman has been largely keeping away from social media following Bowie's death, apart from a few shares on Instagram. One post, just days after her husband's passing, she published a meme onto the picture-sharing website which read: "The struggle is real, but so is God", with a caption attached to the image stating, "Rise #imandaily".

On 23 March, Iman posted another which read: "Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving. We get stronger and more resilient (sic).”

Iman and David Bowie leave The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala May 07, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Iman and David Bowie leave The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala May 07, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

The couple was married for almost 24 years and had a daughter Alexandria 'Lexi' together. The rocker left more than $100 million to his wife in his will.

Iman attends Variety Power Of Women: New York presented by FYI at Cipriani 42nd Street on April 25, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Variety)
Iman attends Variety Power Of Women: New York presented by FYI at Cipriani 42nd Street on April 25, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Variety)

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