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Teeks is up for three awards at the NZ Music Awards, and his voice will give you goosebumbs. Source: Seven Sharp

Video: Jimmy Fallon's tearful tribute to late mother - 'The one I was always trying to make laugh'

Jimmy Fallon returned to his late night show last night (NZT) and paid an emotional tribute to his late mother. 

Fallon took a week off his show to spend time with his family following the death of his 68-year-old mother last week.  

"As some of you know, my mother, Gloria, passed away recently," Fallon said.

"She was the best audience. She was the one I was always trying to make laugh. She was such a fan of the show, and everything I did." 

Fallon went on to share an emotional story about how he held hands with his mother as a child, where she would squeeze his three times and told him she loved him. 

"Last week, I was in the hospital and I grabbed her hand and squeezed, 'I love you,'

"I just knew we were in trouble, you know?" he said, holding back tears. 

Fallon added he is grateful for the opportunity to do what he does every single night. 

"I'm very appreciative of all the support from all of you that my family received over the past week. We're going to continue to work really hard to bring some light and some laughter into the world.

"Thank you for watching, thank you for helping me and my family recover from this loss. Mom, I'll never stop trying to make you laugh. I love you."

According to family, Gloria Fallon passed away peacefully on November 4. 


'Just so lovely' - Teary-eyed Toni Street explains how All Blacks Israel Dagg, Sir Graham Henry helped her through illness

Toni Street wiped away tears as she explained how All Blacks star Israel Dagg and former coach Sir Graham Henry offered their support to her when she was "in a really low space".

During a segment on The Hits Breakfast Show this morning, Street, along with fellow hosts Sam Wallace and Sarah Gandy were sharing stories of personal celebrity encounters that were positive and left a lasting impression. 

Toni Street revealed she is battling an auto immune disease which is making her feel ‘pretty lousy and puffy’. Source: Seven Sharp

The "nice allegations" started as a Twitter trend of sharing positive celebrity experiences in contrast to the sexual harassment claims circling and tainting Hollywood. 

When Street, also a host of TVNZ1's Seven Sharp, was "really sick" and "going through infusions", Dagg and Henry sent her messages of support. 

Toni Street sympathises with the mother of Alex Renton after her own past few months of dealing with the health system. Source: Seven Sharp

"Both of them offered up their holiday houses for me, and said if you just want to get away from it all and just go and have some time - and I remember reading them and just crying," she said.

"It actually makes me teary now," an emotional Street said.

"It was just so lovely. It makes such a difference. You actually don't know how what the one interaction is doing for the person's day."

In 2015, Street opened up about her diagnoses of Churg-Strauss syndrome.