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Thursday, 18 May, 2000, 10:58 GMT 11:58 UK
Jagger mourns mother's death
Mick Jagger
Flying back to the UK: Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger's mother Eva has died after receiving treatment for a heart condition, a spokesman for the rock star said.

The Rolling Stones frontman is flying back to the UK from the Cannes Film Festival in France to be with his father Joe.

Eva, 87, died at the Parkside Hospital in Wimbledon, London, where she had been seriously ill since last month.

Mick, 56, has made frequent visits to the hopital to be by her bedside with brother Chris and other members of his family.
Mick Jagger with fellow Rolling Stones Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood
So proud: Eva followed Mick's career with the Rolling Stones very closely

A spokesman for the Jagger family said they were "deeply saddened" and asked for their privacy to be respected.

Eva was last seen in public in March, when she and Joe, also 87, accompanied their famous son on a visit to his old school in Dartford, Kent to open a 2.5m community arts centre.

The couple lived close to Mick's mansion in Richmond, south west London and would have celebrated 60 years of marriage in December.

Eva followed her son's career closely, keeping an extensive scrapbook of pictures and cuttings, and once reprimanded Stones bassist Bill Wyman for making an incorrect statement in a book.

She was said to have been the dominant force in the Jagger household and was held in high regard by Mick.

She once said of him in an interview: "People are always asking what it's like to have a famous son.

"The answer is simple - to me he's just a son. I don't think of him as a star."

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