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Alexia Echevarria's mother, Nancy, has passed away after battling COVID-19.
Alexia confirmed the heartbreaking news in a post on Instagram on August 25, revealing that her mom had passed away on the day The Real Housewives of Miami alum was supposed to have wed fiancé Todd Nepola. "Early this morning I lost my mom to the horrible and deadly COVID-19," Alexia wrote. "The last couple of days have been a rollercoaster of emotions for me. I was on the road to marry the man of my dreams when I had to stop everything as my mother became ill. What was supposed to be the happiest day of my life today has turned out to be the saddest."
The post featured a collection of photos of Alexia with her mother through the years. "My mom, Nancy, was a woman of strength and beauty. Over the years I watched how she lived her life, HER WAY," Alexia shared in her tribute to her late loved one. "My best friend, my psychiatrist but above all, she was my mother. My mother was the kind of woman that was respected, admired, inspirational and so ahead of her times. She was a trailblazer in so many aspects of life."
Alexia went on to share more about her mother's incredible life. "A political refugee from Cuba, who put herself through medical school in the 1960s. Raised three children on her own with the help of my grandmother. A feminist and liberal with her social views," Alexia wrote. "She always had an educated opinion. Her thoughts and views were so particular and unique. The crazy thing was she was always right!!"
She also opened up about the many lessons her mom has taught her and how she helped her become the woman she is today. "She showed me to live unapologetically, never look back, and don’t regret the things you’ve done but the things you haven’t. 'Que no me quiten lo bailado,'" Alexia said. "I will always cherish your stories, your wisdom, your strength, and your zest for life. I’ll always admire your love for connecting with people and I will always share the love for your second homeland, Spain."
"To say I will miss you does no justice for what I feel, no amount of tears can express the pain I feel in losing you but then again thank you for the honor of sharing a lifetime with me," Alexia concluded her post. "Rest In Peace Mami. I know you’re in a better place dancing and drinking champagne. Please watch over us, as I need all the help from up above. I now have another angel. Until we meet again."
Alexia received an outpouring of support in the comments section of her Instagram post, including from Marysol Patton, whose mom Elsa passed away in 2019. "I love you," Marysol wrote to Alexia. "Nancy & Elsa Forever."
Larsa Pippen, Mercedes "MJ" Javid, Kathy Wakile, Jill Zarin, Eboni K. Williams, Shervin Roohparvar, Golnesa "GG" Gharachedaghi, Adriana de Moura, Bali Chainani, and Aviva Drescher were also among those who sent their condolences to Alexia.
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