Actor and producer Tyler Perry's mother, Willie Maxine Perry, has died at age 64.
"Willie Maxine Perry. February 12, 1945 to December 8, 2009. Thank you for all your prayers," a terse message on Perry's Web site said Tuesday.
There were no other immediate details about her death.
Perry, 40, credited his mother, a preschool teacher in New Orleans, as the inspiration for his most popular character, Madea, In a 2006 interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.