Who Was Debbie Wahlberg, Mark Wahlberg’s Sister and How Old Was She When She Died?

Debbie Wahlberg (July 8, 1960 – September 2, 2003) was an American woman who is best known as the late sister of the famous actor, Mark Wahlberg.

People are made famous through different means; including happy or sad events. Debbie Wahlberg has been remembered to date as a hurtful memory by the Wahlbergs. She was one of the nine children of the Wahlberg family. Debbie was Mark’s older sister and she got into the limelight due to her relationship with the Hollywood star, Mark Wahlberg. However, she was thrust further into fame after her death, Read this article to find out about her life before she passed on and the cause of her death.

Debbie Wahlberg's Profile Summary

  • Name: Debbie Wahlberg
  • Date of Birth: July 8, 1960
  • Place of birth: Massachusetts
  • Age at death: 43 years
  • Date of death: September 2, 2003
  • Nationality: American
  • Ethnicity: Mixed (Irish and French Canadian)
  • Parents: Alma Elaine and Donald Edmond
  • Siblings: 8

Debbie Wahlberg Was Born and Raised in Boston, Massachusetts

Deborah Ellen Wahlberg, known as Debbie Wahlberg was born on the 8th of July, 1960 in Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, in the United States of America. She was born and raised in a large family of eleven. Debbie happened to be the first child of the nine children. Her mother, Alma Elaine (nee Donnelly) was a bank clerk at the time she was born. Donald Edmond, her father was a delivery driver, before he switched into the army. Debbie Wahlberg’s father was of Irish and Swedish descent while her mother belongs to English and French Canadian ancestry. The family is a well-known one due to their works in the entertainment industry.

Initially, her father was an actor, who became famous for his appearance in the movie, Southie. At a young age, her father and mother separated and she had to juggle living with both parents alongside her eight siblings. This was the routine until her father passed away on the 14th of February, 2008.

She Had Six Brothers and Two Sisters

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The Wahlberg brothers and their dad image source

The second-born and oldest brother, Arthur Wahlberg was born on the 17th of June 1963. He is an actor, a reality TV star, and a carpenter. He is quite known for his appearance in movies like Milkweed, In my mind, The Rude, the Mad, and the Funny, among others.

The following siblings in the family are Paul and Jim. Paul also happens to be an actor, reality star, and chef, with a restaurant to his name. The name of the restaurant is Alma Love. Paul Wahlberg has also featured in several movies including Max Payne, The Happening, Wahlburgers, etc. In contrast, Jim Wahlberg is focused on philanthropy, rather than the family business. He often tours with his brother, Mark to support less privileged children. He is married with children, and he resides with his family in South Florida.

Debbie Wahlberg also had two sisters named Tracey and Michelle but there is currently no information regarding them at this time.

Her Baby Brother Robert Founded a Boy Band

Robert Wahlberg was birthed on the 18th December 1967.  He followed his brothers’ footsteps and went into the entertainment world as well. He made appearances in films like Southie (1998), The Exachange (2000), Scenes of the Crime (2001), Moonlight Mill (2002), Mystic River (2003), Gone Baby Gone (2007), and many others. The second youngest child is Donnie Wahlberg, who was born on the 17th of August 1969. He has a life devoted to music and has been in a few films. He is best known as the founding member of the popular boy band New Kids on the Block. Asides from music, he has also starred in a couple of movies like The Sixth Sense, the Saw franchise. Blue Bloods, etc.

Mark Wahlberg is a Hollywood Big Shot

Wahlberg brothers and their parents – image source

The youngest of the family, Mark Wahlberg was born on the 5th of June 1972. He is a producer, musician, and actor, known for his roles in movies like Transformers, Max Payne, The Italian Job, Planet of Apes, among many others. As a musician, he also successfully created the band, Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. With the band, he released two albums namely: You Gotta Believe and Music for the People in 1991. In his teenage years, he used to be part of his brother’s band but left a few months after.

The whole family is very close-knit as seen in videos and the way they relate with each other. Although it is quite a large family, there is barely any news of scandal in any form, but they have continued to grow strong while constantly supporting each other.

Debbie Wahlberg Was Also an Actress

Debbie Wahlberg was quite a private person while she was alive. Her personal information has not been revealed to the public, especially her education history. The public is not aware of the schools she attended in the past. However, it can be recorded that she was an actress during her lifetime, as she was a member of the reality TV show, Wahlbergs. She featured in the film show, Wahlburgers and took up other roles as well. It is not known if she had other career lines as well, but her role in acting is more prominent.

Debbie Wahlberg Died From a Heart Attack During Surgery

Debbie had problems with her kidneys in the last years of her life. She had stones in her kidney, according to the doctor’s report and it required an operation. The surgery was scheduled on the 2nd September 2003 at Boston Clinic. It was meant to be a regular operation but unfortunately went wrong. Debbie Wahlberg suffered a heart attack during the procedure and it was one she never recovered from. There also happened to be another infection in her bloodstream, which eventually led to her death.

Debbie passed away on the 2nd of September, 2003 at the age of 43 years. Surprisingly, the day of her death was the day Mark, her younger brother welcomed his first child. While it started as a beautiful day with the addition of a new child, it ended on a bad note after the death of Debbie Wahlberg.

She Was Not Married at the Time of Her Death

Debbie did not make her personal life known to the public, so there is no information about her past romantic relationships. Also, she was not married at the time of her death. But it is not known if she was dating someone or engaged at the time. However, during the time she died, there were rumors that she had a child, likely a son. But the rumors have not been confirmed by family members to date, so it could be groundless or false.

Mark Wahlberg Remembers His Sister’s Death as the Best and Worst Day of His Life

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Mark Wahlberg and Ella Rae, who was born the same day Debbie Wahlberg died image source

After Mark welcomed his first child into the world, the happiness was quickly replaced with sorrow after his sister, Debbie Wahlberg passed away. He described that incident as ‘the best and worst day of his life.’ It felt like a replacement: one comes to the world; the other goes away. Every year, on his daughter’s birthday, he shares pictures of Debbie Wahlberg to honor her and in remembrance of her. Her obituary described her as a loving mother, sister, and daughter.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Mark further said that his sister’s death came as a shock to the whole family, especially for his mother. Mark said his mother went into instant depression after the bad news.

Alma, Debbie’s mother had a huge support system to console her. Mark revealed that the family-owned restaurant and TV show helped her cope with the grief, as they kept her busy.

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