Dinah O’Dowd, Boy George’s mother, passes away at age 84.

Dublin native Dinah O’Dowd spent her formative years on Wellington Street, just off Dorset Street, before moving to London at the age of 19. She passed away today in the UK, with George and her family by her side.

While fans paid respect to Dinah, the vocalist of The Culture Club representatives claimed he is “devastated” by the loss. At this time, George’s family has also requested privacy.

In 2007, Dinah and George appeared together on Irish television for a Miriam O’Callaghan interview. She talked about her time spent in Dublin throughout the interview.

To the RTE host, she remarked, “I come home as often as I can. At least twice a year. And if there’s anything going on – parties, special events you know.” She also opened up about the surprise at how quickly George became famous as part of The Culture Club.”

She went on to say, “It is funny really, after a while, being amongst people with lots of fame and lots of money, it’s quite boring. Honestly it is quite boring because they are all false. What people perceive to be fame, I did not see that. I just thought to meself, that is him and this is me and I have got other kids, I have to get on with my life.”

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