Actor who took in elderly neighbor announced she has died after fight with Leukemia

CREDIT: Chris Salvatore, Facebook

LOS ANGELES (WCMH) — A young actor who invited his elderly neighbor to move in with him shared some heartbreaking news on social media Wednesday.

Chris Salvatore and Norma Pattavina lived across the hall from one another for several years and became close friends.When Pattavina, 89, was diagnosed with leukemia, she didn’t have any family to turn to. Actor Salvatore, 26, said he wanted to step in.

Salvatore then invited her to move in with him when it became too expensive for her to pay for in-home healthcare.

READ MORE: Young actor invites 89-year-old neighbor with Leukemia to move in with him 

Salvatore says his friend died Wednesday morning.

“Perhaps Norma’s lasting legacy is that her story helped the world to see the true meaning of love,” he wrote. “Norma reminded me that we all are created to love and all desire to be loved.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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