Mark Wahlberg’s Post Marking Anniversary of Sister’s Death Sparks Outpouring of Support From Fans

by Keeli Parkey

On Thursday, Sept. 2, movie star Mark Wahlberg celebrated his daughter’s birthday with a special Instagram post. Part of that special message was also dedicated to his late sister.

Wahlberg’s daughter, Ella, turned 18 years old this year. His sister, Debbie, passed away on her birthday. She was only 43 years old at the time of her death. Her cause of death was a heart attack and septic shock. Debbie was in a hospital having kidney stones removed when she died.

“My mom (Alma) really went into a big, deep depression after my sister passed away. It was the same day my daughter (Ella) was born and she’ll be 16 on Sept. 2 so it was a long time ago, but no parent should have to lose a child,” Mark Wahlberg said during the 2019 interview with ET Canada.

“Happy B day my Ella …18 years old … wow how time flies. So proud of you!! Always A bitter Sweet day. Missing my big sister Debbie … Ella’s Guardian angel,” Mark Wahlberg posted on Instagram. He also shared a photo of him holding a young Ella and a photo of him embracing his sister.

Unsurprisingly, this social media post by Mark Wahlberg caught the attention of his fans. And many of them offered an outpouring of support for the 50-year-old actor.

For example, Instagram user mariecappart said: “Happy Bday Ella!! I know Debbie is watching over you all, with another special star up there. They watch and pray for you all.”

“Me too. I had a big sister named Debbie too,” user sorrentino.donna also commented.

“HBD to your little girl and your sweet angel sister,” graceful_mama shared.

A comment from penderosa1 also referenced Mark Wahlberg’s late mother, Alma. She passed away during April 2021. “Happy birthday, pretty girl!!!! Mark, I bet Alma is wrestling Debbie for that guardian angle position. … Have a beautiful day!!!”

“Happy 18th Birthday … Your grandma & Aunty Debbie are SO Proud with thoughts, prayers, huggs (sic) & kisses beautiful girl!!!” dvasport also shared.

Fellow Celebrities Have Also Commented on Mark Wahlberg’s Post About His Daughter and Late Sister

Some of Mark Wahlberg’s famous fans, including television personality Mario Lopez, shared birthday wishes with Ella. “HBD Ella!” Lopez shared. Retired professional boxer Micky Ward also shared his well-wishes. “Happy birthday Ella!” Ward shared.

Wahlberg’s fellow movie star, Jeremy Renner, also showed his support for Mark and Ella. “Wow. 18! Proud papa,” Renner commented.

Another popular actor, Domenick Lombardozzi of “The Wire” and “Entourage,” also shared his thoughts about Ella’s birthday. “Remember that day very well. Happy Birthday @ellaawahlbrg. Many blessings,” Lombardozzi also shared.

Wahlberg’s post about his daughter and sister had received almost 410,000 likes within one day of its posting. There were also almost 1,900 comments in that time frame.