Nancy Ann Brown, 81, passed away on 23 March (11) at her home in North Palm Beach in Florida.
Her death has hit the Smokey and the Bandit star hard and he has turned to his ex-wife Loni Anderson for support as he comes to terms with the tragedy.
A source tells the National Enquirer, "Loni was the first person Burt called for comfort after Nancy Ann died. He was taking it very hard...
"Burt never forgot how Nancy Ann supported him as he struggled to make it in showbusiness."