Trevor Noah is tributing his grandmother Frances “Gogo” Noah, who recently passed away at the age of 95 and was laid to rest on Thursday (May 12).
That same day, the Daily Show host, who frequently spoke about his grandmother on the show and even featured her in a segment once, took to his Instagram account to reflect on Gogo’s amazing life.
“This morning our family laid to rest the oldest member of our clan Frances Noah, or as most of us referred to her, Gogo,” he captioned the post, which featured a sweet video of the two of them. “My grandmother was born in 1927 and even though she was 95 years old, she still had the best memory of us all. Every moment spent with her felt like a magical journey through time where she would recount all of the family’s greatest joys, losses, achievements and milestones.”
Noah continued by talking about how welcoming his grandmother was to both her family but also community, oftentimes opening up her home to the vulnerable.
“Her house in Soweto wasn’t just a home, it was a refuge, a place where other women would come when they had no other place to go, a place where members of the community would gather to pray together every single week, a place where everyone was guaranteed to feel the love emanating from her mighty chest,” he explained.
Trevor went on to thank his fans for their well wishes and condolences that were “sent in her memory.”
“I’ve cried all week celebrating the greatest ‘movie’ I’ve ever watched. A story that began with my first breath and ended with her last,” he wrote. “A woman who showed me the truest definition of unconditional love. She passed away peacefully in her sleep and even blessed us with one final Mother’s Day which she enjoyed to the fullest. Hamba Kahle Gogo.”
For Daily Show fans, perhaps they best remember Gogo from Noah’s segment “Trevor Chats with His Grandma About Apartheid and Tours Her Home, ‘MTV Cribs’-Style,” in which she detailed her life living under apartheid in South Africa as well as Noah’s childhood.
Watch the segment below.