Marlon Wayans is celebrating his 48th birthday today (July 23), although he is shattered and heartbroken.

The comedian and actor is grieving the passing of his dear mother, Elvira Wayans.

In a post on his Instagram page, Marlon revealed the loss of the Wayans family matriarch and pays tribute to his forever queen.

Losing you shattered me into 1000 pieces 
I’m putting myself back together piece by piece. 
You will always be my glue. Miss you. Today i celebrate for the both of. In the midst of this hurt… i just love you ma. #missyou i accomplished so much, made you so proud… but now i got angel to lift me. #loveofmylife#bdaygotl sh*t ma, i gave you all my bdays… wth do i do now ? millions of weetahs sugtas and homies #myfirstmylastmyeverything rest well

Marlon also posted another birthday message as he pushes through the pain to celebrate another year of life.

Happy birthday me… i would ask God “why me”? Why am i suffering? But that would be ungrateful. God i trust you. I trust your design. You’re the greatest architect. I don’t question you through this journey. On the other side of all this tragedy is victory. So i trust you. This is merely a journey to challenge me. You’re not breaking me, you’re making me. And in these moments i thank you most. I’ve lost so much but I’m shedding skin. The old me is being put through fire to come out of this better than ever. I know great things are ahead of me. I’m not a victim I’m a hero being challenged to find my greatness. I’m being challenged to find my smile in the worst of times because if i can smile through this then that means my smile is permanent. So God i thank you, i love you, I’m grateful for the simple things like life in general. I woke up today 48 years old looking 20 something. I woke up today so grateful for my friends, my family, my fans. Thank you for cutting my grass so i can all the snakes. There were many. Thank you for the gift of awareness. You can’t trust everybody. So thank you for all of my family, thank you for my children, thank you for their mother, thank you for my friends…. my REAL FRIENDS that love protect and rescue me from pain. You taught me it’s okay to cry, to hurt, to not be okay in moments and gave me the strength to climb out the ditch of pity. You taught me i need to protect myself, my heart, my energy, my purpose. I’m excited for all the great things ahead but I’m grateful for the lessons. That’s life. We have to listen to you when you whisper if not we endure hard lessons. But God I’m most grateful for this permanent smile. Thank you for the fire. Kiss my mom for me. Tell her that her baby boy misses her and i feel her presence more now than ever. So thank you God… a biblical man understands that every man’s journey to triumph involves devastation. I’ll always walk toward the light because i know that light is you. So with that happy bday me. I’m just f**king grateful

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Marlon’s best friend, Omar Epps, also took to Instagram to wish him a Happy Birthday.

Happy birthday to my brother from my other mother @marlonwayans! We from the mud with it, and we’re gonna ride out into eternity with it. Thank you for being such a generous spirit, a visionary mind, and an all around stand up dude. It’s been a rough one for sure, but know that no matter what, I always got your back! The next chapter for you is about to be something beyond special. And you already know…. Mama Love, Mama Love, Mama Love!! ?????? She would want us to not just keep our feet on they neck, but to break their necks in half ? And that’s exactly what we’re gonna do period! 
I love you brother! Bask in the glow of all you’ve given, and accomplished. Lets put em in they place now!!

See Omar’s original post below:

Please join me in wishing Marlon Wayans a Happy Birthday and send up a prayer for the Wayans family as they mourn their Queen.

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