Jennifer Love Hewitt and Patricia Hewitt in 2011
06/13/2012 at 02:00 PM EDT
Jennifer Love Hewitt's biggest supporter
The actress's mom Patricia, 67, lost her battle with cancer on Tuesday, Hewitt's rep announced in a statement.
"Her family mourns her loss," the rep says. "She was an angel to all who knew her and they are grateful she is now in a better place. They ask for privacy at this difficult time. No further details are being provided."
Hewitt, 33, who kept her mom's illness private, appreciated her acceptance of the career decisions she made.
For example, the actress's mother was able to find her role as a prostitute on The Client List
"hilarious," Hewitt joked two years ago.
"She was like, 'So let's review ... For 15 years people have been talking about your boobs. Earlier this year, you wrote about your hoo haw in a book. Now you're playing a crack ho on TV.' She was like, 'Do you think maybe you could do an animated movie next?' "