Stephen Colbert with photo of mother Lorna Colbert
Lorna Elizabeth Tuck Colbert, the mother of 11 children – including Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert – died on Wednesday. She was 92.
With an extended family of 82, the mother of The Colbert Report
star was an accomplished artist, church leader, businesswoman and supporter of the arts, according to her obituary in South Carolina's Post and Courier
Her husband and three of her children previously passed away – three of the four deceased family members died in a plane crash in 1974 – and she is survived by her remaining eight kids, and her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
In February 2012, Stephen, 49, took an unexpected leave
of absence, with the network saying only, "Due to unforeseen circumstances, the show will air repeat episodes."
A few days after the announced hiatus, Colbert returned
and took a moment to address his brief departure.
Without going into detail, he said simply, "Evidently, having 11 children makes you tough as nails. Confidential to a lovely lady."