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" Downton Abbey" Actress mourns death of her fiance

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John Dineen and Michelle Dockery at the U.S. Open in 2013 John Dineen and Michelle Dockery at the U.S. Open in 2013

CNN -- In a sad case of art imitating life, "Downton Abbey" star Michelle Dockery's boyfriend has died.  CNN reports that business executive John Dineen, died Sunday after a long battle with cancer, at the age of  34.

CNN.com relays that Dockery generally kept her personal life private but said last year that she had "a wonderful man in my life from Ireland."

In a Marie Claire interview, she said that among the people she'd invite to a dinner party were "Marilyn Monroe, Patti Smith, Ernest Hemingway, Johnny Cash, Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell and John Dineen."

    The pair were introduced by Dockery's "Downton" co-star Allen Leech. A number of media reports claimed the two had gotten engaged this year, though the news was not confirmed.

    Dockery plays Lady Mary Crawley on "Downton." Her character also lost a loved one young when Lady Mary's husband, Matthew Crawley, died in a car crash just after the birth of their first child -- a comparison at least one UK tabloid played up.

    The popular series, broadcast on PBS in the United States, is now airing its last episodes in the UK, to be followed by a run in the U.S. beginning January 3.

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