Boris Johnson mother, Charlotte Johnson Wahl, has died at the age of 79.
The professional painter passed away “suddenly and peacefully” at a London hospital on Monday, the family said in a statement shared with The Telegraph. The 79-year-old had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease.
According to Sky News, back in 2008, Boris’ mother had said: “I try to paint every day if I possibly can, though I have to go to the hospital a lot. I still manage to paint, though my arm will suddenly do a movement which is completely unintentional and that almost brings me to tears.”
British politician George Galloway was one of the first to pay tribute, writing on Twitter: “Condolences to the prime minister Boris Johnson on the sudden loss of his mother. May she rest in peace.”
Meanwhile, Twitter user @sophielouisecc wrote: “What an amazing woman! Rest in peace Charlotte Johnson! Deepest condolences to Boris and his family. Whatever side of the political spectrum you fall, there is nothing more painful than the loss of your mother.”
According to The Telegraph, Boris had previously described his mother as the “supreme authority” in the family and credited her with instilling in him the equal value of every human life.