'What's Eating Gilbert Grape' Star Darlene Cates Dies at 69 announced in a Facebook post that her mother died “peacefully in her sleep” on Sunday morning. Watch a video of the “Best Moments of Mamma Grape” below. What was the cause of Bonnie's (the mother's) death in What's Eating GIlbert Grape? Did she simply die from walking up the stairs once?. What's Eating Gilbert Grape is a American drama film directed by A year later, Gilbert describes what happened to his family after his mother's death.
Cates played the housebound mother to Johnny Depp's Gilbert Grape in the film. Darlene Cates played the morbidly obese mother to Leonardo Darlene Cates stars in 'What's Eating Gilbert Grape' with Johnny Depp. Your browser does not currently recognize any of the video formats available. She was plucked from a talk show to play housebound mom of Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio in 's 'What's Eating Gilbert Grape.'.