Dow suffered a series of strokes in 2011 and then a second stroke in 2012. Jennifer confirmed this in a press statement although no word on funeral arrangements was said.
"It is with great sadness that my brother John (Melick) and I announce the passing of our mother Nancy Dow," the actress said in an official statement. "She was 79 years old and passed peacefully surrounded by family and friends after enduring a long illness. We ask that our family's privacy be respected as we grieve our loss"
Dow was born in New York, married twice, first to pianist Jack Melick (1956-61) with whom she had one son, John Jr, and then to actor John Aniston in 1965 with whom she had Jennifer Aniston in 1981.