July 15, 2014 8:34 am

Mother of Billy Joel dies at 92

Billy Joel, pictured in June 2014.

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HICKSVILLE, N.Y. – The mother of singer-songwriter Billy Joel has died in New York at the age of 92.

A spokeswoman for Joel says Rosalind Nyman Joel died Sunday on Long Island.

She was an inspiration for the song “Rosalinda’s Eyes” from Joel’s 1978 album 52nd Street.

She lived in Hicksville, Long Island, and supported a number of charities.

Born to English emigrants, she met her husband Howard Joel in 1942 at a City College musical production.

The couple married in 1946 and divorced in 1957.

Newsday says Billy Joel endowed the Rosalind Joel Scholarship for the Performing Arts at City College in 1986.

In lieu of flowers, the family requested that donations be made to The Little Shelter animal rescue and adoption centre in Huntington, Long Island.

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© The Associated Press, 2014

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