NEW YORK – Greek-American TV personality Maria Menounos’ mother, Litsa, 65, passed away on May 2 after battling stage 4 brain cancer for more than four years, People magazine reported.
On May 2, Menounos posted on Instagram, along with a black-and-white photo with her mother, "RIP mom. God loved her so much he took her on Greek Easter. Christos Anesti [Christ is risen] mom."
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Menounos “previously revealed on her show, Better Together, that she had brought both her parents back home to Connecticut after they had spent more than a year and a half in Los Angeles,” People reported, adding that “getting them home safely amid the coronavirus pandemic was a challenge, she said, but Menounos did so with the help of a friend's private plane.”
"You made her dream come true," Menounos told the friend, Ed Mylett, during the episode, People reported. "She's been so dying to come home. It's been over a year and a half, and she flew home so comfortably."
“At the time, she added that Litsa had just begun a round of chemotherapy as she continued to fight her cancer, and had been having ‘a rough journey’ over the past few months,” People reported, noting that “the month prior, Menounos shared that both her parents had been hospitalized with COVID-19, just as the news came that her mom's brain tumor had grown.”
"We got some not some not so great news on Monday, November 23, that my mom's brain tumor was growing," Menounos said on an episode of Better Together, People reported, adding that “the next day, she and her husband, Keven Undergaro, flew out to help.”
"We land, and that's when this all started. I'm just going to share that we're in process right now, and we still need prayers. Long story short is that within a few hours, both of my parents were diagnosed with COVID," she continued, People reported.
“Last September, Menounos celebrated her mom with a heartfelt birthday post, noting that at the time she was a four-year cancer survivor,” People reported.
"In my darkest moments fear never let me see this day possible," she captioned the post, people reported. "Faith however would whisper in my ear. I am moved and inspired by your fearlessness and calm throughout this journey."
"Mom I love you more than words can express," she added, People reported. "I will fight for you and with you every day. I pray god gives us many more years so you can see your dream of grandchildren come true. Happy birthday, to many more."
Litsa Menounos “had been diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), a malignant and difficult-to-treat form of brain cancer, at the end of August 2016, at age 61,” Brain & Life magazine reported.