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Leonardo DiCaprio pays tribute after death of What’s Eating Gilbert Grape co-star Darlene Cates

Leonardo DiCaprio shared a sweet tribute following the death of his What’s Eating Gilbert Grape co-star.

Darlene Cates, who played the mother of Leo and Johnny Depp’s characters in the 1993 movie, passed away aged 69 last weekend after battling obesity over the years.

“Darlene was the best acting mom I ever had the privilege of working alongside,” the actor wrote on his official Facebook page on Tuesday.


Tribute: Leonardo DiCaprio shared a sweet note after the death of his What’s Eating Gilbert Grape on-screen mother Darlene Cates | Paramount Pictures

“Her endearing personality and incredible talent will live on in the memories of those who knew her, and those who loved her work. My thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time.”

Darlene’s daughter Sheri Cates Morgan announced her death on the social media site on Monday.

“It is with a bitter-sweet heart that we share that our precious wife, mother, and Gaga, Darlene Guthrie Cates, was called Home, somewhat unexpectedly, peacefully in her sleep Sunday morning, March 26th,” she shared.

“We take comfort in knowing that she is no longer in pain and in the arms of our Heavenly Father, breaking away only to dance with our Savior Jesus. (Dancing was something she talked about loving to do ‘back in the day’!).”

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