A special hour-long episode of The Colbert Report aired that night, and a repeat ran on Thursday. Colbert previously suspended his show in February 2012, reportedly due to his mother's ailing health.
When he returned, his only reference to his mother was the following remark: "Evidently, having 11 children makes you tough as nails. Confidential to a lovely lady."
Lorna Elizabeth Tuck Colbert was the mother of 11 children, including the comedian and his sister, former Congressional candidate Elizabeth Colbert Busch.
Lorna Colbert's obituary in Charleston's Post and Courier describes her as "the matriarch of a family of 82" and "an accomplished artist, a church leader, a businesswoman, a supporter of the arts and a woman whose profound faith was apparent in her daily life."
She was born on Nov. 6, 1920, in Larchmont, NY.