CAITLYN Jenner confirmed that her mother Esther died at the age of 96.
She made the devastating announcement in a heartfelt Instagram post on Friday morning
In a heartfelt Instagram message, Caitlyn shared: "I am heartbroken to announce my mom passed away yesterday morning, peacefully.
"Losing a mother is unique in the sense that she is the only person that loved me my entire life.
" I will miss her tremendously. She was a few weeks shy of 97 and lived a full life.
"Love you mom."
Caitlyn shared several treasured memories of her mom, including one photo of the family celebrating her 95th birthday.
Other images showed her smiling and showing off her strength.
Fans and loved ones have been commenting on Caitlyn's post, paying their respects to the star's mother.
Many fans commented heart emojis, while others wrote, "sorry for your loss" in support of the star.
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One fan wrote: "she loved you for you! rest in peace mama jenner!"
Another wrote: "So sorry for your loss, sending loads of love xxxx"
Caitlyn Jenner was born Bruce Jenner on October 28, 1949.
Her parents Esther and William raised her just outside of New York City.
She was known as Bruce until June 2015, when she announced she was transitioning, and then had gender reassignment surgery in January 2017.
Caitlyn had a rather different upbringing than her mother, who grew up on a small farm where her family had three cows, a flock of chickens, and grew their own vegetables.
But the pair were close, so much so that they spoke on the phone almost every day.
And Esther, even into her 90s, was very supportive of Caitlyn's transition, saying: "It’s nothing she asked for, it’s a condition and it starts in the mother’s womb."
But she had been rather critical of Caitlyn's ex-wife, and mother to Kendall and Kylie.
She alleged Kris was hyper-controlling and an unsuitable choice of spouse, although she has since said their relationship has improved.
Esther also criticised the hugely popular Keeping Up With The Kardashians franchise, which features Caitlyn's family.
In an interview, Esther described the show as "plotless", adding: "I wasn’t fond of that programme. There was no plot, and why it was such a hit I’ll never know."
"When your child becomes, oh golly, world famous, it’s very difficult for a mother to put them in that category, she’s not a celebrity to me, she’s my kid."
She added: "It’s just very difficult, but I’m no different than any other mother, I love my kids."
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Esther also branded Caitlyn's appearance on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! "torture" to watch, vowing not to tune in to the show.
In an exclusive interview with Sun Online, Esther blasted: "That’s not entertainment to me, to see somebody frightened. I think she could spend a lot more pleasant times on the golf course."
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