Maria Menounos announced through Instagram that her mother, Litsa Menounos, died after a long battle with brain cancer on Greek Easter Sunday.
The Greek-American, a former E! News host, took to Instagram on May 1 to share a photo of her lying next to her mother in her sick bed.
“RIP mom. God loved her so much he took her on Greek Easter,” she wrote.
Only one day earlier Menounos shared through her account the celebration of Easter with her mother. “Watching St. Marks in boca w/mom online & even got to light a candle through their site. This is the photo they send of it when they light it. Happy easter to all who celebrate,” she said.
In 2017, Menounos opened up about having surgery to remove a brain tumor, just as her mother was battling stage 4 brain cancer.
She first told People magazine that she underwent surgery to remove a golf-ball-sized tumor discovered in February of that year. Menounos said 99.9 percent of the tumor was removed during the seven-hour procedure in June of that year.
Both Menounos parents’ hospitalized for Covid
In a video uploaded to her YouTube channel in April, the 42-year-old shared that both her parents had been hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19 late last year, just as her family had received news that her mother’s tumor was growing.
“For those of you who don’t know, my parents have been like my kids,” Menounos said in the 19-minute video detailing their battle with the coronavirus. “I have taken full care of them the past two decades.”
The TV personality continued: “My mom was healthy until August of 2016 when she was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer, otherwise known as glioblastoma. Coincidentally, two months after her diagnosis, I, too, was diagnosed with a brain tumor.”
Celebrity friends took to the Instagram comments section of Menounos’ post to offer their condolences to her late mother.
Zoe Saldana wrote: “We send you so much love. Our deepest condolences Maria.”
Former E! News host and reporter Catt Sadler wrote: “I know one thing for certain – your mother knew the most extraordinary love there ever was to know because of you. Your devotion to her was unparalleled. She’s with other angels now. Sending all my love.”
“Sending all my love,” commented Jamie Lynn Spears.
TV personality and retired professional wrestler, Nikki Bella, wrote: “RIP. Sending you and the fam so much love light and prayers.”