Hugh Jackman comforts his wife Deborra-Lee Furness at mother-in-law's funeral

Hugh Jackman was a pillar of support to his wife Deborra-Lee Furness as the couple attended the funeral of Deborra's mum on Thursday. The actor was pictured comforting his wife of 20 years outside St John's Anglican Church in Toorak, Melbourne as they said their final goodbyes to Fay Duncan.

Fay, a determined charity campaigner, sadly passed away on Sunday at her home in Mount Eliza in Victoria's Mornington Peninsula, Australia. The 81-year-old had fought a long battle with an illness.

Dressed in a black suit and wearing sunglasses, Hugh embraced his wife as they emerged from the church, walking alongside the white coffin.


Hugh Jackman comforted his wife Deborra-Lee Furness outside St John's Anglican Church

The couple were joined by their two children Ava Eliot, 11, and Oscar Maximillian, 16, as well as more than 100 mourners including Fay's celebrity friends.

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 during the funeral.

Hugh's wife Deborra-Lee also released a statement to the Daily Mail confirming her mum's death.

The couple were joined by their two children Ava and Oscar

"The most beautiful woman I have ever known has left us… Only on the physical realm," she wrote. "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 people's lives… through her warm, open welcoming personality she has touched people."

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.

Deborra's mum Fay Duncan sadly passed away on Sunday

Hugh, 47, also paid tribute to his late mother-in-law on social media, posting a photo of the pair and writing: "I'm blessed to say Fay Duncan was my Mother in Law. 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. Fay, I love you more than words can express."

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