Michelle Dockery Gave an Emotional Eulogy at Her Fiancé's Funeral: "He Was My Friend, My King, My Hero"

John Dineen died of a rare form of cancer at just 34.

Michelle Dockery, John Dineen
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Just days after her fiancé passed away (opens in new tab) at just 34 years old, Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery paid tribute to him at an incredibly emotional memorial service in Cork, Ireland, The Irish Times (opens in new tab) reports.

John Dineen, who met Dockery through her Downton costar Allen Leech, died after fighting a rare form of cancer. Dockery gave a moving euology at a the funeral, which was held a day after her birthday and the day before what would have been his 35th birthday. A childhood teddy bear, a tie, a rugby jersey, and a poetry anthology were on display in his honor.

Dockery reportedly (opens in new tab) talked about his personality and hilarious wit in a eulogy: 

Dockery had cut a Downton Abbey promotional tour short to be by his side during his final days in hospice care. The two had always kept her relationship private, and she and the Dineen family have requested privacy at this difficult time.

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Megan Friedman is the former managing editor of the Newsroom at Hearst. She's worked at NBC and Time, and is a graduate of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.