Actors Donnie and Mark Wahlberg have paid tribute to their mother Alma, who has died aged 78.

Blue Bloods star Donnie Wahlberg had previously revealed that their mother, who appeared in their reality show Wahlburgers, had dementia.

Transformers star Mark Wahlberg wrote on Instagram: "My angel. Rest in peace."

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Donnie Wahlberg posted a video montage of his mother on Instagram. It included footage of them dancing together at his wedding to actress Jenny McCarthy.

He wrote: "I'm so blessed to have been brought into this world by, raised by, taught by and set on my life's path by, such an amazing woman.

"My mom Alma's joy for life, love and people - combined with a pride in her humble beginnings and refusal to forget where she came from - undoubtedly shaped me into the man that I am.

"I've often said, 'if you like anything about me, I got it from Alma'. I say that, because it's true."

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"She was, without a doubt, the most loving human being I've ever known," Donnie Wahlberg continued.

"I never heard her say, or do, anything disrespectful to anyone. She was, as anybody who ever came across her knows, true blue.

"Like so many moms who struggled, overcame odds, made something from nothing and pulled off the impossible for their children, she never complained. She did what needed to be done, most often, with a smile. She made the best of times in the worst of times.

"That was Alma - mother, sister, daughter, grandmother, friend, ally, warrior, angel. She made no apologies for who she was, but never put herself above anyone else. She kicked our butts if we messed up, kicked anyone else's butts if they messed with us. Taught us right, made us pay the price when we were wrong.

"She was the epitome of the word grace."

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Referring to the video of them dancing together, Donnie Wahlberg said the Regina Belle song If I Could was one of his mother's favourites - and that she had danced to it with each of her children at their weddings.

"I surprised her at mine by having Ms Belle sing it to her," he recounted.

"I did so because, despite the fact that my mom could do (and actually did) many of the things mentioned in that beautiful song, she still wondered if she'd done the job of being the best mother she could be. Today, I say with tremendous certainty, and gratitude, she absolutely did.

"It's time to rest peacefully, mom.

"I love you, miss you, thank you and will celebrate you, today and always."

Mark and Donnie Wahlberg are two of nine children that their mother shared with ex-husband Donald Wahlberg. Their sister Debbie died in 2003.