Gay man who moved in with his elderly neighbour mourns her death

A gay actor who moved his elderly neighbour in with him to keep her company is mourning her death.

Chris Salvatore, best known for appearing in the “Eating Out” series of films, moved in with his next-door neighbour Norma, then 88, after they became friends.

As Norma became increasingly frail while battling leukemia and pneumonia, he worried about who would look after her and he didn’t want her to be alone in a rest home.

When Norma’s insurance didn’t cover the 24-hour care she needed, Chris set up a crowdfunding page to raise money and in recent months moved her into his apartment.

He said the two of them bonded over glasses of champagne, and he posted sweet photos of them together to his Instagram with the hashtag “#myneighbournorma”.

Now Chris has said on his Twitter that Norma has passed away at age 89.

He wrote: “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.

“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.”

Happy New Year from Norma and me. She rang in 2017 in style last night! 👵🏻 #myneighbornorma

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Nerelle Harper

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