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Burton Cummings' mother Rhoda dies following stroke

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The beloved mother of former Guess Who frontman Burton Cummings has died.

In a post on his Facebook page, Cummings said his mother Rhoda died Friday night shortly after 10 p.m. following a stroke earlier in the week.

Cummings, who has been by his mother's side in recent days, credited her with fostering his music career. She started him in piano lessons at a very early age and encouraged his passion for music even when he dropped out of high school.

"She was a wonderful, strong woman," wrote Cummings. "My father was abusive to her, and yet way back in the 1940s she had the strength to grab me and leave him."

Cummings said there will be no funeral service and asked that no flowers or donations be made in her memory.

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Updated on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 11:28 AM CDT: Added photo

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