MOTHER of Mark and Donnie Wahlberg Alma has died after an undisclosed illness aged 78, leaving her children without both parents.
Her first husband, Donald Wahlberg - who she married in 1965, died in 2008. News broke that Alma had passed away as of April, 18 2021.
Who was Alma Wahlberg's first husband Donald Wahlberg?
Donald and Alma divorced in 1982 after 17 years of marriage, but Donald never remarried before he passed away in 2008.
A patriot, Donald served in the U.S. Army during the Korean war, he is the father of the three famous Wahlberg children - Mark, Donnie and Robert.
He did proudly appear in one of his children's feature films, making a cameo appearance in Donnie's 1998 flick Southie, which also starred Rose McGowan and Will Arnett.
Donald occasionally worked as a delivery driver, and was of Swedish and Irish descent.
How did Donald Wahlberg die?
Little is known about the circumstances surrounding Donald's death.
Reports indicated that it was eerily similar to his ex-wife and mother to his children's death - from an undisclosed illness at the same age of 78.
Alma's children were quick to pay tribute in the aftermath of her death, with Mark taking to Instagram to upload a picture of her captioned: “My angel. Rest in peace."
51-year-old Donnie wrote in a long post alongside a video obituary. “I love you, miss you, thank you and will celebrate you, today and always.”
Alma amassed a following of fans after she appeared as a regular on the family’s reality show, Wahlburgers, which ran for 10 seasons from 2014 to 2019.
She featured in 27 episodes and was a greeter and hostess at her sons’ restaurants, including Paul’s Alma Nove, which was named after her as a sweet gesture.
How many children did Alma Wahlberg and Donald Wahlberg have?
Alma and Donald share nine children together, some of who would go on to be huge names in the entertainment industry such as Mark and Donnie.
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Donald had 12 children in total, three with another partner and two of which he outlived, though he is survived by 17 grand children and four great-great children.
Alma and Donald's daughter Debbie tragically died aged 43, causing Alma to go into a deep depression.
Mark told the media: "My mom really went into a big, deep depression after my sister passed away.
"It was the same day my daughter [Ella] was born, and she’ll be 16 on September 2, so it was a long time ago, but no parent should have to lose a child."