Tim Robbins' mom dies, 12 days after his dad

Actor Tim Robbins arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar party on Sunday, March 7, 2010, in West Hollywood, Calif. Photos: Oscars Red Carpet Photos: Scenes from the Ceremony Photos: Winners' Circle Special Section: Oscars 2010
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Actor Tim Robbins arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar party on March 7, 2010, in West Hollywood, Calif.
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LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) Actor-director Tim Robbins has lost his mother, musician Mary Robbins, just 12 days after his father died.

The 52-year-old Oscar winner said his mother died Sunday of a heart arrhythmia at her home in home in Esteban Cantu, Mexico.

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Robbin's father, former The Highwaymen singer Gil Robbins, died April 5 of prostate cancer. The two had been married for almost 59 years.

Mary Robbins studied music at the University of California, Los Angeles, and performed professionally in the 1950s.

She successfully battled colon cancer through nutrition and alternative medicine, eventually earning a bachelor's degree in holistic nutrition. She volunteered her services at a clinic near the couple's Mexico home.

Robbins says his mother "had a calm and cheerful demeanor, a sharp wit, a gentle spirit and a generous and loving heart.''

She is survived by four children and four grandchildren