The mother of Irish movie star Jonathan Rhys Meyers died in a Cork city hospital on Tuesday (20Nov07) - just days after the actor's drunken outburst at Dublin Airport. The death of Geraldine Meyers-O'Keeffe, 51, at the Mercy University Hospital, Ireland was confirmed by the actor's publicist who said the family had no further comment to make at this stage. It is believed she succumbed to a stroke. The tragic news sheds light on the Mission Impossible 3 star's erratic behaviour of the past few days. Rhys Meyers was arrested at the weekend on drink-related public order offences, when he was clearly struggling to cope with his mother's ill-health. He sparked further fears of a downward spiral on Tuesday (20Nov07) when he was spotted downing cans of super-strength cider at eleven o'clock in the morning. It is now understood that the 30-year-old - who checked into rehab for alcohol-related problems earlier this year (April07) - was turning to booze to get him through the painful ordeal of losing his mother. Ms Meyers-O'Keeffe - known as Gerri - lived in Glanmire, County Cork, and was hugely proud of her son's rapid rise to fame as a movie and TV award-winning actor. She raised him single-handedly after her husband walked out on her when the Match Point star was just three, taking his two other brothers with him. In the latest edition of Details magazine, the actor tells how he was estranged from his father for over 20 years and found it extremely hard to accept his dad's rejection. Rhys Meyers remains on bail following his Sunday (19Nov07) arrest, and is due to appear in Dublin District Court next month (Dec07).