Norma Pattavina, the 89-year-old woman who moved in with her neighbor, 31-year-old Chris Salvatore, has passed away. She had been battling cancer after an extended stay at the hospital.
"Perhaps Norma's lasting legacy is that her story helped the world to see the true meaning of love," Chris said in an Instagram post. "Norma reminded me that we all are created to love and all desire to be loved."
The pair met four years ago in the Hollywood apartment complex they both lived in and instantly became friends. She offered for him to come in for a glass of Champagne and they hit it off right then and there. After Norma's hospital stay, Chris raised money for her through a GoFundMe account so that she could have 24-hour care and live with him. Norma considered Chris to be the grandson she never had.
Read the touching message Chris wrote below upon announcing Norma's death. Her story touched so many people and she'll be greatly missed.
It's with a heavy heart that I share the news that earlier this morning the world lost a truly inspiring, beautiful woman. Norma is now resting peacefully in the eternal and while she may no longer physically be with us, her spirit will continue to fill the hearts of so many people. Perhaps Norma's lasting legacy is that her story helped the world to see the true meaning of love. Norma reminded me that we all are created to love and all desire to be loved. This year Norma has reminded us all of the true meaning of Valentine's Day. To love another is not about living struggle free or never experiencing hurt or loss, but to fully and deeply open our hearts to one another without fear. Each of us is lovable even with all of our differences. Love has no boundaries. May you rest in peace my sweet sweet lady, Norma. ❤️