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Andre 3000’s Mother Dies One Day after His Birthday

by Associated Press

    This Nov. 13, 2012 file photo shows musician and actor Andre Benjamin, better known as Andre 3000, during a promotional event for Gillette in New York. Benjamin will star as rock legend Jimi Hendrix in the film, "All is By My Side," set for release in 2013. Andre 3000's mother Sharon Benjamin-Hodo passed away in her sleep early Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at her home in Rex, Ga., a representative for the rapper said Wednesday. She was 58. Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision (AP File Photo)
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Andre 3000's mother died in her sleep in the early morning hours of May 28 at her Georgia home, a representative for the rapper at the firm Sunshine Sachs said May 29. Sharon Benjamin-Hodo was 58.

She died in Rex, Ga. No other details were provided.

Benjamin-Hodo was the founder of The Starlight Camp, a program that supports underprivileged children. It is part of the New Morning Light Missionary Baptist Church in Conley, Ga. She is survived by her husband, Robert Hodo, who is the church's pastor.

Andre 3000 was born Andre Lauren Benjamin. He turned 38 on May 27.

He is one-half of the Grammy-winning hip-hop duo OutKast and has appeared in several films. He will play Jimi Hendrix in the biopic “All Is by My Side,” due out this year.