The news was shared by Steven's lawyer Kathleen Zellner, who added Dolores' death at the age of 83 had come the day before her son's birthday.
Zellner, who appeared in the true crime docuseries and is still working with Steven on his appeal against his life sentence for murder, wrote:
"Fate dealt another cruel blow to Steven Avery today right before his birthday tomorrow; his mother Dolores Avery passed away at 6:50 am. He needs your support now more than ever. RIP Ma Avery."
Sharing an image of herself with Dolores, the attorney added:
"Sweet Dolores Avery always had a kind word for us. Loved her family, lived for the day Steven was freed, never stopped believing in him and his innocence. Her spirit and devotion will sustain us. Steven knows she is watching over him."
Dolores, who had been suffering from Alzheimer’s, lived out her final days in a hospice, according to her son, Earl.
She also appeared in Making A Murderer and has maintained Steven's innocence in the 2005 killing of Teresa Halbach, a freelance photographer, in Manitowoc County, Wisonsin.
Steven is currently serving a life sentence for the murder, along with his nephew Brendan Dassey, and a Court of Appeals decision is pending in Avery’s latest appeal.
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