A gay actor who lived with his elderly friend announced that she has passed away. Chris Salvatore, best known for his roles in the Eating Out series, moved his friend and neighbor, Norma Cook, 89, into his apartment when he found out that she was diagnosed with leukemia and needed regular medical care.
“I love her, she’s my best friend. I would do anything for her. I believe that human kindness is a magical thing and can heal what doctors can’t,” Salvatore told People.
Salvatore became her primary caregiver and took power of attorney when doctors said she needed 24-hour care.
Salvatore announced on Instagram yesterday that Cook passed away.
It’s with a heavy heart that I share the news that earlier this morning the world lost a truly inspiring, beautiful woman. 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. Perhaps Norma’s lasting legacy is that her story helped the world to see the true meaning of love. 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. ❤️
Salvatore and Cook lived in West Hollywood and were best friends for years. Cook was diagnosed with leukemia ten years ago and had no family in the area.
“Norma tells me, ‘I don’t want you to be the one to find me dead,’” he told People in January. “It breaks my heart, because I will be the one to find her. I don’t want her to think I will be crushed, I’m trying to stay strong for her and I tell her I’ll be okay but it’s tough.”