Although he never explained the details to his audience, Stephen Colbert had hinted at his mother being ill back in February. The faux-political pundit missed two shows unexpectedly and then gave a shout-out to his mom upon his return to “The Colbert Report.”
Colbert had been apologizing for how his absence had ended all political debate in America when he added a sweet message about his mother: “Oh, one more thing. Evidently, having 11 children makes you tough as nails. Confidential to a lovely lady.”
On Twitter, Colbert also paused in his standard joking to thank those who had offered sympathy for the situation. “My family and I would like to thank everyone who has offered their thoughts and prayers. We are grateful and touched by your concern,” Colbert posted.
Lorna Colbert was a Charleston resident born on Nov. 6, 1920. Predeceased by her husband, Dr. James William Colbert, Jr. (who died in a 1974 plane crash with two of the couple’s sons), Lorna was the mother of 11 children, an artist, a church leader and a business woman. By the time of her death, she was the matriarch of a family of 82, including grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Stephen Colbert is the youngest of his mother’s children.