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Cher announces death of mother Georgia Holt, aged 96

THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 4451 -- Pictured: (l-r) Musicians Cher, Georgia Holt during an interview on April 30, 2013 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images)
Cher and mother Georgia Holt (NBCU/Getty Images)

Cher has announced her mother, Georgia Holt, has died at the age of 96.

The Believe singer, 76, announced the news by simply posting on Twitter: "Mom is gone" early Sunday morning.

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Holt's death comes after months of health issues, including being hospitalised with pneumonia in September. Cher had been caring for her throughout this period, posting updates on the social media site that said Holt was "getting better".

Holt is survived by daughter Cher, grandsons Chaz Bono and Elijah Blue Allman, and partner of 46 years, Craig Spencer.

No further statement has been released by the family.

THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Episode 4451 -- Pictured: (l-r) Musicians Cher, Georgia Holt during a commercial break on April 30, 2013 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images)
Cher and Georgia Holt (NBCU/Getty Images)

Born Jackie Jean Crouch, Holt was born in Kensett, Arkansas in 1926, to a 13-year-old Lynda Inez Gulley and 21-year-old baker, Roy Malloy Crouch.

Having been taught to play guitar by her father, Holt fled to Los Angeles in 1946 in a bid for stardom, after developing a love for singing and performance.

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At the time, the then 19-year-old had just split from first husband, John Sarkisian, and was pregnant with daughter, Cher.

She had been encouraged to terminate the pregnancy by her mother, but had refused, instead choosing to go it alone.

(Original Caption) 12/12/1974-Brentwood, California-Singer Cher Bono holding her daughter, Chastity. Cher's mother, Georgia Holt is at right.
Cher and Georgia Holt with Cher's child Chaz, pictured in 1974 (PA)

The mother/daughter duo have been somewhat inseparable ever since, with Holt becoming a key figure in Cher's career while simultaneously developing her own.

Major moments include appearing in an episode of I Love Lucy, and recording her own country music album in 1982 (but wasn't officially released until 2013).

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Cher's bond with Holt was so strong the singer even created a documentary film celebrating her life titled Dear Mom, Love Cher.

Most recently, Holt appeared alongside grandson Chaz Bono as a guest star on season six of RuPaul's Drag Race.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 18:  Cher  and her mother Georgia Holt attend Cher's hand and footprint ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on November 18, 2010 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
Cher and her mother Georgia Holt (Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

The episode, titled Queens Of Talk, saw the pair as "guests" on an imaginary chat show fronted by the competing drag queens.

Holt was married a total of six times during her life, including re-marrying Sarkisian 19 years after their original divorce.

She has been with partner Spencer since 1976, though the pair never officially married.

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