'Downton Abbey' Star Michelle Dockery's Fiance Dies at 34

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PR exec John Dineen was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer earlier this year.

John Dineen, the fiance of Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery, passed away on Sunday night from a rare form of cancer.

The 34-year-old, a commercial public relations exec, died in hospital in Cork, Ireland, with Dockery by his side, having flown back from a promotional tour of the U.S. to be with him.

"The family is very grateful for the support and kindness they have received but would kindly request that they are left to grieve in private," Dockery's publicists said in a statement.

The two were introduced by Downton co-star Allen Leech in 2013 and became engaged earlier this year.