Out actor Chris Salvatore made sure his 89-year-old friend Norma Cook didn’t die alone.
Best known for the Eating Out films, Salvatore shared the news of Cook’s death on social media on Wednesday (15 February).
Cook had been battling from leukemia and pneumonia when her across the hall neighbor Salvatore, 31, took her – and her beloved cat Hermes – in to live with him.
‘The world lost a truly inspiring, beautiful woman,’ he wrote in an online tribute. ‘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.’
The story of Cook and her handsome surrogate grandson touched many as it was covered extensively in the media including NBC’s The Today Show.
The exposure helped Salvatore to raise more than $50,000 to care for Cook and keep her out of a county facility.
‘Perhaps Norma’s lasting legacy is that her story helped the world to see the true meaning of love,’ he wrote.
‘Norma reminded me that we all are created to love and all desire to be loved. This year Norma has helped the world see 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.’