Soledad O’Brien grieves death of her mom with heartfelt messages 40 days after dad passes

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On Monday, Soledad O’Brien mourned the loss of her mother Estela just 40 days after her father Edward died, Page Six reports.

In February her dad died at the age of 85.

Soledad has shared intimate memories about her mother online with her fans and recalled indelible moments about her mom in a lengthy heartfelt tribute.

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“She was a pretty remarkable lady,” O’Brien tweeted. “An immigrant from Cuba, she lived with the Oblate Sisters of Providence in Baltimore during college.”

O’Brien revealed that her mom hated the fact that she had to leave her homeland, but felt compelled to go because things had changed under Fidel Castro’s reign.

She shared a photo of her mother cuddling her in her arms as an infant.

“She’d go on to marry my dad (mixed race marriages were illegal in Maryland in 1959). The year their sixth child (my little brother) was born the US Supreme Court would overturn the ban on interracial marriage,” she said.


Estela she said was an accomplished educator who spoke both English and French fluently.

“She learned two more languages fluently – English and French and became an educator. She had a reputation of being super-strict, which made me very popular (not!) since she taught at my high school.”

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“She was pretty awesome,” O’Brien wrote. “But mostly I wish lots of young, working women had access to her wisdom. ‘Everyone gets the same 24 hours. Decide how you’ll spend yours’. ‘Take 24 hours to sit in bed and cry..then stop complaining and make a list and plan your comeback.'”

Of all the wisdom she’s consumed over the years from her mom, Soledad some of her favorite words of wisdom are:

“Keep ten dollars in your bra so you can leave whenever you want” and “People are basically full of s–t, stop taking their stupidity to heart.”


Great advice still. We wish Soledad peace at this difficult time.