Maria Menounos’ mother, Litsa Menounos, has died, according to a post Maria uploaded to Instagram on May, 2, 2021.
“RIP mom,” Maria wrote, adding the broken heart emoji. “God loved her so much he took her on Greek Easter,” she added, noting that Sunday, May 2, 2021, marks Orthodox Easter, which Maria and her family celebrate.
Litsa had been battling Stage IV brain cancer since 2016. Litsa underwent aggressive treatment and, as of July 2017, her MRI showed that her cancer was “stable,” according to People. However, two years later, her tumor returned.
Litsa is survived by her husband, Costas, and her two children; Maria and Peter. The Menounos family previously lived together in Medford, Massachusetts, where Maria and Peter went to school. After college, Maria left her family and moved to California to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Eventually, Litsa and Costas made the move, too.
Maria was her mother’s caregiver over the past several years, and the family recently moved out of Los Angeles and back to Connecticut, where Litsa lived out the last few months of her life.
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