Maria Menounos’ mother Litsa Menounos has died after battling stage 4 brain cancer for more than four years.
The Greek-American took to Instagram to share a photo of her in bed with her mother, along with the caption: “RIP mom. 💔 god loved her so much he took her on greek easter. Χριστός ανεστι μαμά ..”
Litsa had been battling Stage IV brain cancer since 2016. She underwent aggressive treatment and, as of July 2017, her MRI showed that her cancer was “stable,” according to People.
In December 2020, Menounos shared that both her parents had been hospitalised with COVID-19, just as the news came that her mom’s brain tumor had grown.
Maria, who is currently pursuing having children through surrogacy with her husband Keven Undergaro, talked about keeping her mom “thinking of the future with grandchildren to come” in an April episode of her YouTube show Better Together, which detailed Litsa’s COVID-19 diagnosis in the middle of her cancer battle.
“I said to her, ‘You gotta get strong, you gotta hang on—you’ve got grandchildren coming,'” Maria shared on the show.
Litsa is survived by her husband, Costas, and her two children, Maria and Peter.