Maria Menounos mourns the loss of her mother, Litsa Menounos, who died Sunday after a long battle with stage 4 brain cancer.
“RIP mom. 💔 God loved her so much he took her to Greek Easter,” the former TODAY contributor and Instagram TV personality wrote, paired with a black-and-white photo showing their final moments. together.
She ended her caption with a few words in Greek, which, translated into English, read: “Christ is risen, mother”.
In December 2020, Menounos, 42, shared in an episode of her podcast, “Better Together with Maria Menounos,” that her mother’s brain tumor was growing back, prompting her to travel to Los Angeles to be with his parents. A few days later, both of her parents also tested positive for COVID-19.
In 2017, as Menounos was caring for her mother who was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2016 at the age of 61, she began to notice her own disturbing symptoms. An MRI showed a tumor the size of a golf ball pressing on her trigeminal nerve, which feels in her face and controls some of her muscles. Menounos underwent nearly eight-hour surgery to remove the benign meningioma on June 8, 2017 – his 39th birthday.
“One of the messages I always try to leave people is, you can get out of this OK,” she said TODAY a year after her surgery. “There is hope. I love being a walking example to go through something like this with positivity and humor and knowing that when you do that it eases a lot of pain. Hope is so important.”
On Sunday, celebrities and fans alike took to the comments section of her heartbreaking announcement with words of love and, of course, hope.
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” judge Ross Mathews, who lost his mother last year, wrote: “Maria, there are no words. Only love. For you and all your family. I I’m so sorry and I’m here if you need anything. All my love. “
Actor Zoe Saldana wrote: “We send you so much love. Our deepest condolences Maria.”
Old E! News host Catt Sadler commented, “I know one thing for sure – your mother knew the most amazing love there has ever been because of you. Your dedication to her was unparalleled. She’s with other angels now. “