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Actor Alec Baldwin announced the death of his mother, Carol Baldwin, in a heartfelt post on Instagram.
Baldwin revealed his mother died Thursday at the age of 92. The actor wrote, “Carol M. Baldwin, mother of actors Alec, Daniel, William and Stephen Baldwin and their two daughters, Elizabeth and Jane, died today in Syracuse, New York.”
The star went on to describe her mother’s life and accomplishments. He said she was born in December 1929 and had one brother and five sisters.
She met her husband, Alexander R. Baldwin Jr., nicknamed Alec, when they were both students at Syracuse University. The family moved to Long Island in 1954 where Alec taught history and coached football and shooting at Massapequa High School until his death in 1983 at the age of 55.
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He said his mother raised her children and then worked in marketing research for a company called Quick Test.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1991. After overcoming the disease, she became involved in breast cancer support groups and eventually started the Carol M Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund on the SUNY Stony Brook campus. Another branch was later opened at SUNY Upstate University.
Baldwin said the fund has helped raise millions of dollars for the breast cancer cause.
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“My mother taught me the second acts. And the third too,” the 64-year-old actor wrote of his mother. “She has spent the last 25 years of her life as a fighter and a champion for the cause to which she has devoted so much energy. We are all immensely proud of her accomplishments.”
In conclusion, Baldwin said his mother had 25 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
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Several stars posted their condolences in the comments. Actress Julianne Moore, 61, wrote: ‘I’m so sorry’ with a broken heart emoji. Baldwin’s wife, Hilaria Baldwin, 38, simply posted a heart emoji.
Stephen Baldwin’s daughter, Hailey Bieber, 25, paid tribute to her grandmother by sharing Alec’s post on her Instagram Story, writing, “We love you Grandma.” She also included a white heart and a dove emoji.