The Real Housewives of Miami‘s “Mama Elsa” Patton has passed away at the age of 84. The mother of Marysol Patton passed away over the weekend “after a long illness,” according to a statement issued by the family.
“Our beloved Elsa Patton (AKA Mama Elsa) passed away over Mother’s Day weekend after a long illness,” the statement begins. “She was surrounded by her family and close friends.”
More from the statement:
Elsa was predeceased by her husband of 50 years Donald Patton who passed away last February of 2018.
She is survived by her two children, Marysol Patton 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 continued. 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.
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 will take place in Miami. In lieu of tears the family asks you to raise a glass of good champagne in honor of Elsa’s memory.
Mama Elsa had a huge personality, and quickly became the breakout fan favorite of The Real Housewives of Miami, which ran from three seasons from 2011 to 2013. There is no bigger fan of The Real Housewives franchise than Bravo’s own Andy Cohen, and he was the biggest Mama Elsa fan of them all. I can think of no better tribute for those of us who got to meet Mama Elsa through Bravo than this Watch What Happens Live “remix” clip of some of her most memorable scenes:
Rest in peace Mama Elsa.
UPDATE – Andy Cohen has revealed that they plan to pay tribute to Mama Elsa on tonight’s Watch What Happens Live:
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) May 12, 2019