John Stamos's Mother Has Died

John Stamos's Mother Has Died
John Stamos and mother Loretta Phillips Stamos
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09/23/2014 AT 07:55 PM EDT

Loretta Phillips Stamos, the mother of John Stamos, has died, the actor announced in a poignant Instagram post Tuesday. She was 75, according to Stamos.

"The love of my life passed away yesterday in her home surrounded by her children and grandchildren," Stamos wrote alongside a childhood photograph of his beaming mother holding a curly-topped, clearly teething baby John. "My mother had enough love to fuel a small country. She was truly one of a kind and will live forever in the hearts of all who knew her."

He continued: "A few weeks ago, I asked my mom if she remembered an inconsequential event – she simply replied, 'I only remember the love.' #Brokenhearted #Iloveyouthemost"



Stamos, 51, asked those wishing to reach out at this time to support The Vanguard Cancer Foundation, the charity founded by his mother and described on its website as a not-for-profit, volunteer organization advocating for more personalized and intelligent cancer care.

"Thirteen years ago, I held my brother’s hand as a doctor told him that his cancer was untreatable," his mother wrote as part of her original Founder's Message. "As I think back to that moment, I realize just how many people would have accepted that diagnosis and given up. Thankfully, Jake knew better ... the Vanguard Cancer Foundation will be here, empowering patients to take the fight against cancer into their own hands."

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