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Jackie Stallone dies, aged 98

Jackie Stallone dies, aged 98
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Celebrity Big Brother icon Jackie Stallone dies in her sleep at the age of 98.

Jackie Stallone, the mother of Sylvester Stallone and Celebrity Big Brother icon, has died at the age of 98.

In the late '80s she became known in her own right as a celebrity astrologist and advocate of women's wrestling but is best known to UK audiences for her appearance on the 2005 edition of Celeb BB, which saw her enter the house by saying: "Yeah... Jackie."

The news of her death was confirmed by her son Frankie Stallone, who wrote on social media: "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 29th 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 too 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."

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