Jennifer Love Hewitt has been dealt a devastating blow - her mom and best friend Patricia has lost her battle with cancer.
The speech-language pathologist, who has been at her daughter's side for much of her career, passed away on Tuesday, aged 67.
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star's representative says, "She was an angel to all who knew her and they are grateful she is now in a better place."
Patricia moved from Texas to Los Angeles in the late 1980s as her daughter chased her dream of becoming an actress.