( 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 subsistence 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 kept her personal life private but said last year that she had “a wonderful man in my life from Ireland.”
In a Marie Claire interview, she said that among the people she’d invite to a dinner party were “Marilyn Monroe, Patti Smith, Ernest Hemingway, Johnny Cash, Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell and John Dineen.”