Movie mogul Tyler Perry has announced on his Web site that his mother, Willie Maxine Perry, has died. She was 64.

"Thank you for all your prayers," Perry said on the messages section of TylerPerry.com. He did not disclose details on where she died or the cause. In a previous post on his FaceBook page, Perry asked fans to pray for his mother and that she has been "sick since late August."

In a 2006 interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Perry revealed that his mom was the inspiration and "wisdom of Madea," his most famous character.