( CNN) “Downton Abbey” star Michelle Dockery’s boyfriend, business relations executive John Dineen, succumbed Sunday after a long illness, according to news reports.

“The family is very grateful for the corroborate and kindness they have received but would kindly request that they are left to mourn in private, ” a spokesman told Britain’s ITV News.

Dineen was 34.

Dockery generally prevented her personal life private but said last year that she had “a wonderful man in my life from Ireland.”

In a Marie Claire interrogation, she said that among the persons she’d invite to a dinner party were “Marilyn Monroe, Patti Smith, Ernest Hemingway, Johnny Cash, Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell and John Dineen.”


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