Jackie Stallone, the mother of Hollywood actor Sylvester and one of Celebrity Big Brother’s most memorable stars, has died aged 98.
Tributes have been paid to “a remarkable woman” and an “icon” after the news was confirmed by one of her sons, Frank, with original Big Brother host Davina McCall and former housemates among those sharing their memories.
Stallone died on Monday “in her sleep as she had wished”, her son wrote on social media
“It was hard not to like her, she was [a] very eccentric and flamboyant person,” Frank wrote.
“Her mind was as sharp as a razor till the day she died.”
He said his brother Sylvester had taken “care of her like a Queen for all of her life”, and added: “I will never be able to call my mom again or have her yell at me why I never got married. But we all loved her and her spirit to survive and prevail. I’ll miss you always mommy.”
Frank said he was “drowning my emotions in tears and too much vino” following his mother’s death.
Stallone was married three times and had three sons and a daughter, Toni D’Alto, who died in 2012.
A famous celebrity astrologer and women’s wrestling promoter, she had a very memorable, albeit brief, stint in the Celebrity Big Brother house in the UK in 2005, alongside contestants including the late John McCririck, model Caprice, Happy Mondays star Bez, and Germaine Greer.
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This morning my brothers and I lost our mother Jackie Stallone . She was the mother to four children, Tommy, Sylvester, Frankie and my late sister Toni Ann. She was a remarkable woman working out everyday full of spunk and fearless . She died in her sleep as she had wished. It was hard not to like her, she was very eccentric and flamboyant person. She was born on November 29 th 1921 in Washington DC ,she lived through prohibition , the depression and World War II . I would talk to her for hours about the 20's 30's and 40's. It was a history lesson. Her mind was as sharp as a razor till the day she died. She never wore a mask a true revolutionary gal . I guess I'm drowning my emotions in tears and to much vino. But when you've known someone for 70 yrs it tough and sad. She had seven grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren . My brother Sylvester took care of her like a Queen for all of her life. I will never be able to call my mom again or have her yell at me why I never got married . But we all loved her and her sprit to survive and prevail . I'll miss you always mommy. @officialslystallone