Allison Calhoun Dennis, the mother of main Southern Charm cast member Kathryn Dennis, died Wednesday after an extended illness.
She was 59 years old.
An insider close to the veteran reality star confirmed this tragic piece of news to People Magazine this afternoon, telling the publication:
“Their family requests privacy while they mourn with the sad loss. They’re very private people and they want their time to cope.”
Dennis had just spoken to People in April about her mom, with whom the Bravo personality was very close.
“My mom’s my best friend,” Dennis said at that time. “She stuck by me through so much. I don’t know what I would do without her.
Allison had been retired after working at Santee Cooper water service. She had previously battled cancer and moved in with Kathryn during that time -- and was actually a descendent of seventh U.S. Vice Prresident John C. Calhoun.
“She was sick for a year and a half and I was taking care of her,” Kathryn told People this spring, adding:
“She’s since been living with me, essentially. It’s great to have her around, especially because she’s so good with the kids. She’s amazing. She’s the best mom I could ever hope for with everything.”
Dennis is the ex-girlfriend of former Southern Charm lead Thomas Ravenel, who quit this series last year amid accusations of sexual assault and rape.
The two share two kids, a five-year old and a three-year old, with Dennis fighting hard for primary custody of these children.
The fight has been ugly and challenging, however.
Just last month, we learned that Ravenel hired a private investigator to look into Dennis, attempting to discredit his ex in an attempt to deny her custody claims.
He previously alleged that Dennis is a drug addict who shouldn't be trusted.
Like we said above: this custody fight has been ugly and challenging.
But back to Kathryn's late mother:
Funeral plans for Allison have not been announced, although the Dial-Murray Funeral Home in South Carolina has posted an obituary.
She is also survived also by her husband, Luke Dennis, and her son, Luke Dennis, Jr.