Lorna Elizabeth Tuck Colbert, mother of Comedy Central star Stephen Colbert, died Wednesday, according to an obituary in the Charleston Post & Courier. She was “an accomplished artist, a church leader, a businesswoman, a supporter of the arts and a woman whose profound faith was apparent in her daily life.”
She was also the mother of 11 children, including three sons – William, Paul, and Peter – who passed away before she did. Her husband was killed in a plane crash in 1974, along with Paul and Peter. Thursday’s episode of The Colbert Report was canceled in light of her death.
In February 2012, Stephen Colbert canceled a few episodes of his series, reportedly so that he could care for his ailing mother. When he returned to the show, he shot down rumors about his absence before giving a “confidential” message to an unnamed “lovely lady”: “Evidently, having 11 children makes you tough as nails,” he said.