Cape Town – South African comedian Trevor Noah is in mourning after his grandmother Frances Noah died recently at the age of 95.
The Daily Show host took to social media on Thursday and shared a silent video of himself and his grandmother and captioned it: “How can I smile for a photo when I don’t have teeth?”
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“This morning [Thursday] our family laid to rest the oldest member of our clan, Frances Noah, or as most of us referred to her, Gogo. My grandmother was born in 1927 and though she was 95, she still had the best memory of us all. Every moment spent with her felt like a magical journey through time where she would recount all of the family’s greatest joys, losses, achievements and milestones,” Trevor wrote.
He described Gogo, whom he often talked about in his comedy shows, as the woman who showed him the “truest definition of unconditional love” and her Soweto home as “a place where everyone was guaranteed to feel the love emanating from her mighty chest”.
“Her house in Soweto wasn’t just a home, it was a refuge, a place where other women would come when they had no other place to go, a place where members of the community would gather to pray together every single week, a place where everyone was guaranteed to feel the love emanating from her mighty chest” he said.
It wasn’t long before local and international celebrities such as Black Coffee, Jennifer Lopez and rapper and will.i.am wrote Trevor messages of condolences.
Singer and actress Jennifer Lopez wrote: “Beautiful… my deepest condolences to you and your family ❤️.” wrote Lopez.
While rapper will.i.am wrote: “Bless your grandmothers soul and thank god for bringing her into the world because she designed you to be the man you are today❤️❤️❤️.”
Trevor acknowledged the condolences received, saying he was celebrating her life.
“I know many of you grew to love Gogo from afar and I thank you for the condolences and the blessings you’ve sent in her memory. I’ve cried all week celebrating the greatest ‘movie’ I’ve ever watched.
“A story that began with my first breath and ended with her last. A woman who showed me the truest definition of unconditional love. She passed away peacefully in her sleep and blessed us with one final Mother’s Day which she enjoyed to the fullest. Hamba Kahle Gogo.””
His fans also joined in support of the American-based comedian.
Take a look at some of the messages below
A woman who showed me the truest definition of unconditional love. She passed away peacefully in her sleep and even blessed us with one final Mother’s Day which she enjoyed to the fullest.
Hamba Kahle Gogo. ❤️
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) May 12, 2022
“How can I smile for a photo when I don’t have teeth?” 😄❤️
This morning our family laid to rest the oldest member of our clan Frances Noah, or as most of us referred to her, Gogo. pic.twitter.com/t7FUpdYI24
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) May 12, 2022
Sending my sincerest condolences to you and your family on the passing of Gogo.
Her wisdom and love of life was a blessing and reminded me of my mother. pic.twitter.com/Su9WblClA2
— Edward (Wright Stuff) Wright (@_WrightStuff) May 13, 2022
We love you Trevor and your Gogo will always stay with you in your heart – and all of ours too! Thank you for sharing her with us! 🥰 https://t.co/ojShi6t3jq
— southernandsassy (@southernandsas2) May 13, 2022
…Deepest sympathies to you & the whole Family, Trevor. Wanga umphefumlo wakhe ungaphumla ngoxolo olungunaphakade. Amen.🫂 pic.twitter.com/2QLZoCx8K8
— SeaPoint OnPoint (@SeapointO) May 12, 2022
Oh i am so sorry!! I have watched the video of you interviewing her in her home 1,000 times. What a kind, brave, intelligent and beautiful woman she was. I know you will have a very strong force pulling for you on the other side 🙏. Thank you for sharing her with all of us!
— andrea (@andrea33107793) May 12, 2022
Thank you for sharing Gogo with us through the years Trevor @Trevornoah
It was an honor and privilege to have gotten to “know” her through you. Her light shines bright in you, and in your clan. Peace and love to you all. 🌻❤️#trevornoah #Gogo #FrancisNoah https://t.co/Qx0PBsKNQw
— Lynda Nairn 😷🌻🇺🇦 (@JerseyLynda) May 13, 2022
Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe