Willie Maxine Perry, the mother of actor/comedian Tyler Perry passed away today at the age of 64. On his personal website, Perry posted a short message thanking everyone for their prayers for his mother. There was no cause of death or any other details provided. She was born on February 12, 1945 and for most of her life worked as a preschool teacher at the New Orleans Jewish Community Center. She also served as the inspiration for Tyler’s character Madea. She passed away December 8, 2009.