April 23, 2020
Sharon Stone joins the list of people who have lost loved ones to the novel coronavirus. The actress recently shared a touching tribute to her adopted grandmother, who died of the virus.
In an Instagram post shared on Sunday, actress Sharon Stone paid an emotional tribute to Eileen Mitzman, who she referred to as her adopted grandmother.
The "Total Recall" actress started her tribute by talking about where she met her grandmother. According to Sharon, she met Eileen when she began working as an AIDS activist several years ago in New York.
She also disclosed that she had asked Mitzman alongside her husband, Neil, if they could be her adopted grandparents since her biological grandparents had passed away.
In the video, Stone reflected on Mitzman's legacy before revealing that the activist was expected to pass away from coronavirus complications. She said:
"Tonight she is going to die in a New York hospital. She has coronavirus, but she will die because she’s septic….and none of us can go there and be with her.”
Despite the pain of losing a loved one, Stone said Eileen would “die a warrior.” She continued by advising that people should grieve if they need to, because holding back on grief is bad.
As of Monday, there were over 784,000 reported cases of coronavirus around the U.S.
She also wrote, "Eileen is finally with her beloved husband and daughters, but we will all miss .her warmth, generosity, her laugh, compassion, curiosity..….RIP Eileen. I love you.?????"
Fern also revealed Mitzman's activism against HIV/AIDS, which she explained began after the activist, and her husnand Neil lost their 23-year-old daughter, Marni, to the deadly disease.
Since the novel coronavirus was first detected in the U.S. on Jan. 20, it has spread fast across the country.
As of Monday, there were over 784,000 reported cases of coronavirus around the U.S. While over 71,000 of those cases have recovered, there have been over 41,000 reported deaths.
Worldwide, over 2,500,456 cases of COVID-19 have been recorded, with a total of 171,810 reported deaths.