By Lara Walsh
May 26, 2016 @ 10:00 am
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Jennifer Aniston is grieving the loss of her mother, actress and model Nancy Dow, who passed away at age 79.

The Friends actress said in a statement to People: "It is with great sadness that my brother John and I announce the passing of our Mother Nancy Dow. She was 79 years old and passed peacefully surrounded by family and friends after enduring a long illness."

Aniston, 47, added, "We ask that our family's privacy be respected as we grieve our loss."

Dow, who famously starred in popular TV shows like The Wild Wild West and The Beverly Hillbillies, had two strokes in 2011 and 2012. She was married to Jennifer's father, soap star John Aniston, from 1965 to 1980.

Jennifer opened up about the insecurities of having a model as a mom in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in January 2015. The 47-year-old Cake actress and People's World's Most Beautiful Woman 2016, said Dow was "gorgeous, stunning" and that she never saw herself that way while growing up.