Deon Cole, the stand-up comedian, actor, comedy writer and all-out, hilarious, funny guy who brought so many smiles to the world is hurting as he mourns the passing of his beautiful mother, Charleen Cole. The matriarch passed away on September 10, 2021.
But what makes it doubly heard is that she passed exactly 30 days before her birthday. The comedian is taking it hard–and rightfully so as Cole’s mom was his right hand–his everything!
“Today is my mother’s birthday (Charleen Cole),” writes Deon on Instagram. “She would have turned 73 today. She passed away just 30 days ago. This is unreal to me. I am uncontrollably depressed and hurt. This is the first time EVER I’ve not spoken to her on her birthday, it’s devastating. Anyway, Happy birthday mommy! I miss you sooooo much, I miss you soooo much mommy! I love u soooo much. Geeze, ……..Happy birthday mommy!!!!”
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The heartbreaking news was released in a statement posted on the comedian’s official Instagram page.
The statement read:
“I want to thank everyone for all your love, well wishes and prayers it truly meanings a lot. This is by far the hardest thing I’ve ever dealt with. Anything I ever done was for my mother and I. Being the only child with no father or siblings my mother is everything to me, my biggest fan, my pastor, my lawyer, my best friend and everything in between. Please bear with me as I find my new normalcy in life now. Her absence in this life is a pain that will live with me forever but I’m learning that staying BUSY, keeping my mind occupied and an occasional break down daily helps with the pain. So I’ve begun filming again and I will be back to doing stand-up too with the sole purpose of bringing joy to people’s lives and in return that gives me joy. My mother is still with me in spirit and she will forever be. Thank you all again for your understanding and support and I’ll see you all soon somewhere.”
Just a few short years ago on her birthday, Deon celebrated his mom’s birthday with a post on Twitter showing the world just how much she meant to him.
He mentioned that she is his “friend, fan, lawyer, spiritual advisor, safe space…”– pretty much his everything!
As unfortunately, many of us know the pain of losing a parent just as a Deon did, so fellow celebrities and fans have been reaching out on social media to offer their condolences.
Another celebrity, singer Keisha Cole, recently lost her mom as well.
Cole’s mom, Frankie, who also became a social media sensation, overdosed at her Oakland home Sunday, the same day she was celebrating her born day, when she apparently took drugs while partying. This was a relapse on what has been a long, hard-fought journey to sobriety.
As of March of 2020, just before the pandemic lockdowns took full effect, Frankie hit a huge benchmark: staying 60 days sober, something her daughter was proud to share with her IG fans and followers. She has yet to comment on her mother’s death.
It doesn’t matter how a mother dies, the pain of their death can hit hard–no matter who you are.
Here are three things our licensed therapist, Leontyne Marshall, shares what we can do.
1. Share The Things They Loved With Others In Your Life
My mom loved a particular Chinese restaurant and often celebrated her most important milestones over a