Tim Minchin has paid tribute to his mother, Ros, after announcing her death while performing a show in Australia.
The comedian, musician and singer shared a photograph on Instagram, simply captioning it: “So it goes.”
During his performance at the State Theater in Sydney on Friday as part of his latest tour, An Unfun Evening With Tim Minchin And His Piano, he told the audience that his mother had died the day before, according to local media in Australia.
Minchin told fans ahead of the encore, saying he had wanted the show to go on, before performing one of his most popular songs, White Wine In The Sun.
The track contains the lyrics: “I want to see my father, my brother and sisters, my grandfather and my mother, they will drink white wine in the sun.”
Minchin, who grew up in Perth, Western Australia, shared stories about his mother during the show, including her diagnosis with terminal blood cancer in 2020, and played a number of songs he had written about her, Perth Now reported.
He closed the show with a cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, with the audience joining him in singing.
On Monday, as well as her tribute, the star also shared a photo of herself on stage at the State Theatre, saying: “Thank you Sydney for a weekend of shows I will never forget.”
One of the hundreds of fans who responded to his post described Friday night’s show as “beautiful” and said: “None of us will ever forget it. And most of all, much love, strength and support to you and your family in this sad situation.time.
“Your beautiful mother would be immensely proud of the incredibly talented man she created who was able to touch and connect every single person in that theater through love, tears and song.”
Another fan said Minchin’s second show at the venue on Saturday night was the same. “A night we will never forget,” they wrote. “Thank you for sharing yourself with us. Our hearts go out to you and your family.”
“Our hearts went out to you when you spoke about your mother,” wrote another.
Minchin is currently on tour in Australia, with shows scheduled across the country, before finishing with eight dates in Perth in February and March 2024.