On Monday morning, famous singer Elton John revealed sad news on social media. He said that his mother, Sheila Farebrother, had passed away.
The 70-year-old had only recently reconciled his relationship with his mother. Last spring, he said that the two of them had been estranged for around a decade.
They had originally stopped communicating in 2008 when John's mother refused to cut off contact with two of his oldest friends. John had previously ended his friendship with Bob Halley and John Reid, but his mother would not end her relationship with them.
Farebrother had said, "I told him: 'I'm not about to do that and drop them. Bob is like a son to me. He has always been marvelous to me and he lives nearby and keeps an eye on me. Then to my utter amazement, [John] told me he hated me. And he then banged the phone down. Imagine! To me, his mother!'"
In 2016, Elton John and his mother began speaking again and working on their relationship.
The singer said, "Out of respect for my mother's privacy, I have always shied away from speaking publicly about our relationship. However, I can say that we are now back in touch and have been so since my mother's 90th birthday."
Now, John's mother has sadly passed away.
Elton John said, "So sad to say that my mother passed away this morning. I only saw her last Monday and I am in shock. Travel safe Mum. Thank-you for everything. I will miss you so much. Love, Elton."
No information has been given about the circumstances surrounding Farebrother's death. Thankfully, John and his mother were able to reconcile before she passed away.
Be praying for Elton John during this time of loss. No matter what the circumstances are, a loss is always difficult. In other recent news, the "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" band singer just passed away at 70.