A day before his June 7 birthday, Liam Neeson's mother Katherine "Kitty" Neeson died in northern Ireland

By Karen Mizoguchi
June 06, 2020 09:30 PM
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Liam Neeson's mother has died, PEOPLE has learned. She was 94.

A day before his June 7 birthday, the 67-year-old actor's mother Katherine "Kitty" Neeson died in northern Ireland.

On Saturday, her death was noted during the mass at All Saints Church in Ballymena, which was livestreamed on the church's Facebook page. "Let us pray for the faithful departed. We pray for those that died recently… and Kitty Neeson. Her funeral arrangements will be later," Parish Priest Monsignor Paddy Delargy said in the video.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the mass was streamed on the social media platform.

"Very sorry to hear this news. As Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, I will be raising this at full council on Tuesday where we will be holding a minute's silence. Rest in Peace, Kitty," Cllr Peter Johnston, who is the Mayor of Mid & East Antrim Borough Council said in a statement, according to local outlet Ballymena Daily, which first reported the news.

Kitty was also mother to Elizabeth, Bernadette, and Rosaleen Neeson, and lived in Ballymena, where her son Liam was born.

After leaving Queen's University Belfast in 1971, the Taken actor returned to his hometown to work several jobs, including at a Guinness brewery, according to BBC News, which also reported that Neeson said he was "finally" able to tell his mother he graduated from university when he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the school in May 2009.

Just two months before his honor, Neeson's wife, Natasha Richardson, died in March 2009 at age 45 of blunt force trauma after falling while skiing at Quebec's Mont Tremblant.