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How did Austin Butler's mom die? 'Elvis' star reveals her death was among 'most painful phases' for him

Austin Butler, 31, reportedly said he would go home and cry every night during a shoot after his mother's death
Austin Butler recently revealed how the death of his mother, Lori, was among the most painful phases of his life (AButlerNews/Twitter; Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
Austin Butler recently revealed how the death of his mother, Lori, was among the most painful phases of his life (AButlerNews/Twitter; Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA: Austin Butler got emotional and revealed that the death of his mother, Lori, was one of the "most painful phases of his life" in a recent interview. He stated how the memory always brought tears to his eyes. The 31-year-old actor, who won his first Golden Globe for at the 80th awards ceremony for his titular role in 'Elvis', lost his mother in 2014.

Speaking to the The Hollywood Reporter, Butler stated that he owed everything to his mother because she quit her job and drove him to auditions and acting classes. "Then I started working. After my mom passed away, I’d never experienced pain like that before, and I started to question," he reportedly said.


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Revealing how he found his love for acting, Butler said that while being around other people, he felt like he found his tribe and started wanting to be around other people. "My mom saw that in me, and I owe her for everything," he said, revealing that his mother's death made him question whether acting was a noble profession and if he should do something that could help people who dealing with cancer.

"Suddenly I was around doctors and people that were hurting a lot in hospitals, and I thought, 'Is acting a noble profession? Should I be doing this or should I give myself in some way that can help people who are dealing with cancer or something like that?” he said during the interview, in which he was joined by Adam Sandler and Colin Farrell.

How did Austin Butler's mother die?

Buter's mother Lori died on September 12, 2014, of cancer at the age of 50. During the time of her death, the cause of her demise was unknown for a while. Butler shared his grief with the world in a tweet that read, "Lori Butler, my mom, my hero & my best friend passed away this morning. Lets all celebrate her." He had refrained from revealing the cause of her death at that time. His then-girlfriend, Vanessa Hudgens, had replied to the tweet, with a warm, "Spread the love for Lori."


After the death of his mother, Butler said that he left straight for New Zealand to start shooting for a new TV show, but while he enjoyed the show and had fun, he said he would go home and cry every night. "I was dealing with grief, but it was also this feeling that I wasn’t aligned with something that felt truly fulfilling," he reportedly said.


Butler also took the opportunity to honor his mother at the Golden Globes stage as he accepted his award for portraying 'Elvis'. "I want to thank my mom who I know is smiling down right now. Mama, I love you so much. Thank you for sacrificinig so much for me," he said in his acceptance speech.