Mexican residents said goodbye this Monday at a funeral for María Salud Ramírez, known for inspiring the character of “Mamá Coco” of the iconic Disney-Pixar film, after his death in his native Santa Fe de la Laguna, in the eastern state of Michoacán.
Ramírez became popular among the national and international community after the animated film “Coco” (2017), for which he served as inspiration for the character “Mamá Coco”, the protagonist’s grandmother.
All kinds of people have attended her funeral, from relatives to the curious, while her coffin, at the back of her home, is increasingly filled with floral decorations that adorn a photo of her, in which “Mamá Coco” was inscribed on the top left.
The Mexican woman, born in 1913 in the Purépecha town of Santa Fe de la Laguna, He died at the age of 109 due to health complications due to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and kidney damage, according to relatives.
According to local media, his granddaughter Verónica Hernández reported that Ramírez’s health began to deteriorate a week ago.
The also potter and mother of three children, was treated at home by a private doctor, but this Sunday afternoon she died inside her home.
The Ramírez family announced Sunday afternoon about their death through his Facebook page, which had more than 10,000 followersa situation that shocked Internet users, locals and even government officials, who expressed their condolences.
Although the resemblance between María Salud and the character of “Mamá Coco” in the Pixar film seems undeniable, the entertainment giant never officially acknowledged that the inspiration had been born from hera situation that contrasts with the statements of people who worked on the film, who confessed to having traveled through Mexico and spoken with families for the making of “Coco”.
According to her granddaughter Verónica, interviewed by local media, Nana Salud, as she was also known in her hometown, decided not to take any action to be recognized by the international production company.
She said that she liked to chat and to be visited, although her movements were minimal and she rarely went out to sunbathe at her old age.
Doña María Salud will be veiled all day Monday and a body mass was organized for Tuesday, prior to her burial in the pantheon of her native town.
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