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Mary Robbins, 78, mother of actor-director Tim Robbins

Mary Robbins died just 12 days after her husband, Gil (right). Mary Robbins died just 12 days after her husband, Gil (right). (Courtesy Tim Robbins)
Associated Press / April 24, 2011

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LOS ANGELES — Musician Mary Robbins, the mother of actor and director Tim Robbins, has died.

She was 78.

Robbins said his mother died last Sunday of a heart arrhythmia, just 12 days after Gil Robbins, her husband of nearly 59 years, passed away. She died at the couple’s home in Esteban Cantu, Mexico.

Mary Robbins studied music at the University of California, Los Angeles, and performed professionally in the 1950s.

She successfully battled colon cancer through nutrition and alternative medicine, eventually earning a bachelor’s degree in holistic nutrition.

She volunteered her services at a clinic near the couple’s home.

Robbins said his mother “had a calm and cheerful demeanor, a sharp wit, a gentle spirit, and a generous and loving heart.’’

She leaves four children and four grandchildren.