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The mother of The Real Housewives of Miami's Marysol Patton, Elsa Patton, who was known as Mama Elsa, passed away at age 84 over the weekend. “Our beloved Elsa Patton (AKA Mama Elsa) passed away over Mother’s Day weekend after a long illness. She was surrounded by her family and close friends," the Patton family said in a statement to Page Six.
As a tribute to Mama Elsa's undeniable spirit, she was remembered by several other Bravo stars shortly after her passing, including The Real Housewives of New York City's Luann de Lesseps, as well as Andy Cohen on Sunday's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.
"Many of us met and fell in love with Elsa Patton in 2011 when the Havana-born matriarch joined her daughter Marysol Patton on The Real Housewives of Miami. Throughout the history of The Real Housewives we have met many friends and relatives of the 'Wives, but rarely has someone's spirit, humor, and wisdom made such an indelible impression as Elsa's did," Andy recalled, before looking back on some of his favorite Elsa moments.
While the family said in a statement that “in lieu of tears the family asks you to raise a glass of good champagne in honor of Elsa’s memory," two of the Shahs of Sunset cast members, Reza Farahan and Mercedes "MJ" Javid, found other ways to honor her, with MJ remembering her as "the irreverent, one of a kind, beautiful, strong, intuitive soul that will teach us ALL something about life."
Her passing comes just over a year after her husband of 50 years, Donald Patton; he passed away in February 2018, the Patton family also confirmed in their statement. Mama Elsa is survived by her two children, Marysol and Thomas Anthony Jones, her daughter-in-law Svetlana, and her grandson Hunter.
"The family is so very grateful to the many fans and friends who have continued to ask for her and offer their prayers and best wishes,” the statement said. “They thank the community, her caretakers, and the many friends who have continued to check in on Elsa from all over the world. Their support has meant the world to the family.”
A private ceremony is slated for Friday, May 17 in Miami.
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