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Musician Mary Robbins, the mother of actor Tim Robbins, has died, The Associated Press reports. She was 78.

Robbins died Sunday at her home in Esteban Cantu, Mexico, of a heart arrhythmia just 12 days after her husband, Gil Robbins, died of prostate cancer at 80. The couple had been married for 59 years.

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Robbins studied music at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she met her future husband in the college marching band. She later played professionally in the 1950s.

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She "had a calm and cheerful demeanor, a sharp wit, a gentle spirit and a generous and loving heart," the Oscar winner said of his mother.

Robbins is survived by four children and four grandchildren.