Cher's mother, Georgia Holt, dies at the age of 96

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Cher's mother, Georgia Holt, dies at the age of 96

Singer-songwriter Georgia Holt, also known as the mother of the legendary singer Cher, passed away at the age of 97. The legendary singer Cher announced on social networks the sad news that her mother, Georgia Holt, passed away at the age of 97.

Cher, 76, posted a short post on Twitter after which many of her fans began to express their condolences. "Mom is gone," wrote Cher, who revealed in early September that Georgia had been hospitalized with pneumonia.

Cher and Georgia were extremely close, and the singer honored her mother in 2013 with a documentary that aired on Lifetime called "Dear Mom, Love Cher," which she produced herself.

In it, she described her mother's childhood in Arkansas, her six marriages, and her singing and acting career in Los Angeles while struggling to support her daughters. Her life was not easy at all, and allegedly, while she was pregnant with Cher, she almost had an abortion due to pressure from her own mother.

Georgia's mother, who was only 13 years old when she gave birth herself, advised her to have an abortion or return to the husband she left because she would not be able to raise a child as a single mother. Ignoring that advice, Georgia went ahead with the pregnancy and kept the child, whom she named Cherilyn Sarkisian - despite placing her temporarily in an orphanage when she was strapped for cash.

Georgia once harbored her own ambitions to be a singer, singing in salons and winning a series of beauty pageants as a teenager. “Our mother was supporting us on her own – when someone says, ‘Oh your mother was married that many times?’ it was always the three of us … there were never really men in the house,” she said in Dear Mom, Love Cher.

At the age of 86, Georgia released her debut country album, "Honky Tonk Women" which was recorded more than three decades earlier, in 1980 to be exact.