Double tragedy for Tim Robbins as parents die

Thursday April 21, 2011

Shawshank Redemption star Tim Robbins is mourning the loss of both his parents within 12 days of each other.

His mother, Mary Robbins, died suddenly of heart arrhythmia at home in Esteban Cantu, Mexico on Sunday at the age of 78.

Her husband of 59 years, Gil passed away earlier this month.

The Oscar-winning actor told the Associated Press his mother "had a calm and cheerful demeanor, a sharp wit, a gentle spirit and a generous and loving heart".

Both performers, the couple passed on their love of music to their son, who released his debut album last year.

Gil was a professional folk singer.

Meanwhile, Mary studied music at the University of California, Los Angeles before becoming an expert in holistic nutrition.

Other than Tim, she is survived by her other son film composer David, daughters Adele and Gabrielle and four grandchildren.

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