The Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery ‘s fiancé John Dineen passed away at the age of 34. He was suffering from a long term illness.
Dineen died on Sunday morning at the Marymount hospice in Country Cork, Ireland where he spent last days of his life. He was working at FTI consulting firm in London when he was diagnosed with the illness. She was with him in his last days. Last week, Dockery was in US for the promotion of Downton Abbey’s final season. She arrived in London to be with John. A spokesperson for the actor said, “The family is very grateful for the support and kindness they have received but would kindly request that they are left to grieve in private”, The Guardian reports.
Dockery was introduced to John Dineen by her co-star Allen Leech. But she never revealed anything about her relationship. Last year, she made a comment , “I have a wonderful man in my life from Ireland. We were introduced by Allen Leech. That’s all you need to know.”
According to Daily Mail, John was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer. There was a rumor that Dockery was engaged to John in a private ceremony and they are planning for a dream wedding. Her co-star Leech had commented that, “John’s like family to me and I knew he’d really get on with Michelle. She’s a great girl-probably as far from Lady Mary as you could imagine”, according to a report by Celebuzz.
In her interview to a magazine, Dockery told that her fiancé is her inspiration as well as person whom she can approach all time, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.
Gavin Duffy, Dragons’s Den investor tweeted that, “Michelle Dockery Lady Mary, young widow #Downton has confirmed her real fiancé Corkman John Dineen has died RIP.”