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Hugh Jackman pays a sweet tribute to wife Deborra-lee Furness' mother following her death

The actor calls his mother-in-law Fay Duncan "one of the greatest women" he's ever met following her death.

Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness

Actor Hugh Jackman has shared a touching tribute to his wife Deborra-Lee Furness' mother, who passed away from illness on Sunday. She was 81.

"I'm blessed to say Fay Duncan was my Mother in Law (sic)," the 47-year-old star began his Instagram post.

"She was one of the greatest women I've ever met. Wise, funny, loving, cheeky, generous, and a true leader. She had an incredible gift for always being right ... which must have been a true burden for her as she was also incredibly patient with us mere mortals."

He concluded: "Fay, I love you more than words can express. HJ."

Hugh referred to his late mother-in-law as "wise, funny, loving, cheeky, generous" in his tribute
Hugh referred to his late mother-in-law as "wise, funny, loving, cheeky, generous" in his tribute

Hugh's words were accompanied by a photo of himself smiling as he posed next to Fay.

The Wolverine star and his director-actress wife Deborra-Lee had been in Melbourne since last month to look after the 81-year-old in her final days.

"She has left an indelible footprint on so many peoples lives — through her warm, open welcoming personality she has touched people," Deborra-Lee said following her mum's death.

Fay founded the Bone Marrow Donor Institute in 1989 and later became one of the key driving forces behind the Fight Cancer Foundation.

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