Mark Wahlberg Posts Emotional Message Marking Daughter’s Birthday That Falls on Same Day His Sister Passed

by Keeli Parkey

For the popular actor Mark Wahlberg, Sept. 2 is both a day of celebration and a day of sadness. On this date, the movie star celebrates one family member. However, at the same time, he mourns another.

According to a social media post by the actor on Thursday, his daughter, Ella, has reached a milestone birthday. And, unsurprisingly, he is very happy for her and very proud of her.

“Happy B day my Ella … 18 years old … wow how time flies. So proud of you!!” the “Boogie Nights” actor posted on Instagram.

Wahlberg then talked about the sister he lost years ago. “Always A bitter Sweet day … Missing my big sister Debbie … Ella’s Guardian angel,” he also said.

Mark Wahlberg shared a very sweet photo of him holding Ella when she was just a baby. He also shared a photo of him embracing his sister in the post. You can check out the photos below.

According to her obituary in The Boston Globe, Mark Wahlberg’s sister passed away on Sept. 2 in 2003. Her full name was Deborah Donnelly-Wahlberg. But, she went by Debbie. Both Mark and his famous brother, “Blue Bloods” star Donnie Wahlberg, are listed in the obituary.

According to ET Canada, Debbie was only 43 years old at the time of her death. She reportedly had a heart attack and septic shock. She had entered a hospital to have kidney stones removed when she died. And unsurprisingly, her death hit the family very hard. Their mother, Alma, was especially upset by Debbie’s untimely death.

“My mom 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.

Donnie Wahlberg also talked about how Debbie’s death impacted their mother. “… Then when our sister passed away, it was a real jolt to her. It was completely devastating. She lost her first-born daughter and was so crushed, so that set her back more. She became more lost. …” the “Blue Bloods” actor said.

Alma passed away in April 2021.

Mark Wahlberg’s Wife Also Celebrates Ella’s Milestone Birthday on Social Media

Ella also received social media birthday wishes from her mother, Rhea Durham. Durham celebrated her daughter with a series of photos shared on Instagram on Sept. 2. The photos show Ella through the years. And, her famous father, Mark Wahlberg even makes an appearance in a few of them.

“How are you 18!?!? Happy Birthday my sweet, smart, FUNNY, beautiful, kind & no crap taking girl! Make 18 your best year yet!!” Durham captioned her celebratory Instagram post.

Mark Wahlberg also commented on this post. “My girl,” he said and added a heart emoji at the end.