Maria Menounos’ mother Litsa passes away from brain cancer following almost five year battle


Maria Menounos announced that her mother, Litsa, passed away due to complications from stage four brain cancer on Sunday.

The 42-year-old media correspondent made the news public through a post made to her Instagram account, where she was seen holding her mother while lying in her bed.

The television personality also wrote a brief message in her post that partially read, ‘RIP mom. god loved her so much he took her on greek easter.’

In rememberance: Maria Menounos’ mother Litsa passed away on Sunday due to complications from brain cancer; the two are pictured together in 2018

Menounos also made a point of adding ‘Christ is risen mom’ in her mother’s native language.

The Extra host’s mother battled her cancer for almost five years before she eventually succumbed to the disease. 

The television host also had a brain tumor removed in 2017, although the growth was deemed to be benign. 

In December of last year, Menounos revealed that her parents had both been hospitalized after contracting COVID-19.  

Letting everyone know: The former Access Hollywood correspondent made the news public with a post made to her Instagram account

Fighting through it: The media correspondent's mother had battled the condition for five years

Fighting through it: The media correspondent’s mother had battled the condition for five years

Their diagnosis came just after Litsa was informed that her condition was growing worse, although she and her husband, Costas, eventually recovered from the coronavirus.

In March, the actress appeared on Live With Kelly And Ryan and spoke at length about her mother’s battle with brain cancer.

During the interview, the media correspondent enthusiastically remarked that her mother had ‘beat COVID and she continues to be a miracle.’

Menounos also told Ryan Seacrest that, although she had reservations about leaving her parent to appear on the program, Litsa had encouraged her to do so. 

Fond memories: Menounos and her mother Litsa were snapped in March of 2016

Fond memories: Menounos and her mother Litsa were snapped in March of 2016 

Supporting each other: Menounos' parents were previously diagnosed with COVID-19, although they later made full recoveries

Supporting each other: Menounos’ parents were previously diagnosed with COVID-19, although they later made full recoveries

‘It has been an extremely tough time…it was hard to actually come here, but she wanted me to come here,’ she said.

The Access Hollywood host went on to note that her mother was adamant that her daughter should stay strong and keep working despite her own health issues.

‘I said, “Mom, is it okay if I go do Kelly and Ryan tomorrow, are you okay with that?” And she goes, “Yes.” And she said it so fast, and she wasn’t even speaking up until then,’ she recalled.

Menounos concluded that she was ‘grateful I got to come home where my mom told me I did a good job.’ 

Still supportive: During an appearance on Live With Kelly And Ryan, Menounos expressed that, although she found it difficult to go on the show, her mother encouraged her to do so despite her health issues

Still supportive: During an appearance on Live With Kelly And Ryan, Menounos expressed that, although she found it difficult to go on the show, her mother encouraged her to do so despite her health issues

Strength: In the appearance, the TV host said, 'It has been an extremely tough time...it was hard to actually come here, but she wanted me to come here'

Strength: In the appearance, the TV host said, ‘It has been an extremely tough time…it was hard to actually come here, but she wanted me to come here’

 

Support: The Access Hollywood host went on to note that her mother was adamant that her daughter should stay strong and keep working despite her own health issues

Support: The Access Hollywood host went on to note that her mother was adamant that her daughter should stay strong and keep working despite her own health issues 

Details: Last fall, Menounos took to Instagram with an emotional post as she wished her mother a happy birthday

Details: Last fall, Menounos took to Instagram with an emotional post as she wished her mother a happy birthday

On her show Better Together in January, Menounos thanked her friend Ed Mylett for helping provide a private plane so that her parents could go back to their native Connecticut after the pandemic left them in Los Angeles for more than a year.

She told Mylett that he ‘made her [mom’s] dream come true’ as ‘she flew home so comfortably’ after undergoing chemotherapy.

Last fall, Menounos took to Instagram with an emotional post as she wished her mother a happy birthday.

‘In my darkest moments fear never let me see this day possible,’ she said. ‘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. I will fight for you and with you everyday. I pray god gives us many more years so you can see your dream of grandchildren come true. Happy birthday, to many more.’



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