Robert Downey Jr writes a heartfelt message to his late mother on Facebook

2014-09-30 02:00

Los Angeles - Robert Downey Jr has written a heart warming tribute to his late mother.

The Iron Man star - whose mother Elsie Ann Downey passed away aged 80 earlier this week - took to Facebook to share the moving eulogy with his fans.

He wrote: "I wanna say something about her life, and a generic 'obit' won't suffice."

The heartfelt tribute detailed Elsie's early life, the breakdown of her marriage to Robert's father Robert Downey Sr and her subsequent battle with alcoholism.

The 49-year-old actor - who has also struggled with drug addiction and alcoholism in the past - confessed that it was in fact his mother who eventually helped him kick the habit.

Elsie - whose condition worsened after she suffered a cardiac arrest in March and was put on life support - passed away on Monday.

He ended the touching tribute with "Elsie Ann Downey. 1934-2014."

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