News 'Downton Abbey' Star Michelle Dockery's Fiance John Dineen Dies of Cancer at 34 By Jackie Willis 6:13 AM PST, December 15, 2015 Michelle Dockery's fiance, John Dineen, died at age 34 on Sunday morning. "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," a spokesperson for the Downton Abbeyactress told ET. WATCH: Kate Middleton Visits the Downton Abbey Set! According to ITV, Dineen died while at Marymount Hospice in Ireland after a long battle with cancer. A private funeral is expected to take place on Wednesday in County Cork, Ireland. Dockery, who turned 34 on Tuesday, got engaged to the public relations professional earlier this year. The two started dating in 2013 after being introduced by Dockery's Downton co-star, Allen Leech. MORE: Downton Abbey Stars Puts Water Bottles to Good Use The actress has kept quiet about her grief, but appeared on Watch What Happens Live last Wednesday. She made no mention of Dineen, who died a few days later.