Hugh Jackman pays loving tribute to his late mother-in-law Fay Duncan

Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman has paid an emotional tribute to his late mother-in-law Fay Duncan. Taking to his Instagram page on Thursday, the 47-year-old shared a sweet throwback image of himself posing alongside the famed charity worker as he described her as one of the "greatest women he has ever met".

"I'm blessed to say Fay Duncan was my Mother in Law," he wrote. "She was one of the greatest women I've ever met. Wise, funny, loving, cheeky, generous, and a true leader.

Hugh Jackman with his mother-in-law Faye

"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. Fay, I love you more than words can express."

Fay passed away on Sunday at the age of 81 at her home in Mount Eliza in Victoria's Mornington Peninsula, Australia, after she lost her battle with a lengthy illness.

In a statement, released by Daily Mail, Hugh's wife Deborra-Lee Furness said her mother will "forever be in their hearts".

"The most beautiful woman I have ever known has left us… Only on the physical realm," she said.

"Her enduring spirit however will live on forever in the hearts of her family and friends. She has left an indelible footprint on so many peoples lives… through her warm, open welcoming personality she has touched people."

Hugh and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness and Fay in 2013

The actress and producer went on to reveal her mother "changed the lives of many families" through her work with the Fight Cancer Foundation.

"I am forever grateful and proud that I am her daughter, she will be with me in my heart for all time," she added.

Hugh, 47, and Deborra, 60, said their final goodbyes to Fay during a private memorial service in Melbourne on Thursday.

The married couple – who recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary – were also joined by their two children Ava Eliot Jackman, 11, and Oscar Maximillian Jackman, 16.

According to Australian publication, The Herald Sun, Hugh performed a touching tribute of Quiet Please, There's a Lady on Stage while singer Kate Ceberano sang Amazing Grace.

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