Elton John's mother dies just months after healing longtime rift

Aaron Brown
December 5, 2017

Elton John's mum, Sheila Farebrother, has passed away.

John said he last saw his mother a week ago and is "shocked" by her death.

He added: "Thank you for everything. I will miss you so much", the singer wrote in a tribute posted on Instagram.

The "Crocodile Rock" singer disowned his mother in 2008 after he instructed Farebrother to cut off all contact with his former friends who served as business partners. Their relationship had been so distant they hadn't spoken for approximately nine years but were able to fix the damage and make use of the precious time they had left.

This past Mother's Day, he tweeted a photo posing with her that was captioned, "Dear Mum, Happy Mother's Day!".

"We are now back in touch". Elton and Sheila had been estranged for eight years.

The 70-year-old singer-songwriter had not spoken to his mother until the rekindled their relationship in May of this year.

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Farebrother's cause of death is not immediately known.

"I don't know [if watching me reminds her of her son]".

"Then to my utter amazement, he told me he hated me". And he banged the phone down.

You made her proud, and I'm sure you were a wonderful son.
Imagine! To me, his mother!' I'm not a person to be controlled or told what I've got to do.

- Elton John (@eltonofficial) December 4, 2017Elton John says his mother has died this morning - just months after they'd healed a long-lasting rift.

Sheila then added insult to injury by hiring an Elton John tribute act to perform at her 90th birthday party.

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