Trevor Noah is mourning the loss of the woman he says showed him ‘the truest definition of unconditional love.’
On Thursday, The Daily Show host announced the death of his beloved grandmother Frances Noah, otherwise known as Gogo, at the age of 95.
The Johannesburg, South African native paid tribute to his family’s matriarch by sharing a silent video of the two posing for a photo, which was led with a famous quote from Gogo: ‘How can I smile for a photo when I don’t have teeth?’
RIP: Trevor Noah, 38, is mourning the death of his grandmother Frances ‘Gogo’ Noah, following her death at the age of 95
‘This morning our family laid to rest the oldest member of our clan Frances Noah, or as most of us referred to her, Gogo,’ the comedian, 38, began in his tribute.
‘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 proceeded to reveal that her house in Soweto, a township in Johannesburg, ‘wasn’t just a home’ but also a ‘refuge for other women who had no other place to go.’
Her home was also ‘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.’
Heartfelt: In his Instagram tribute, The Daily Show host remembered how ‘every moment spent with Gogo felt like ‘a magical journey through time where she would recount all the family’s greatest joys, losses, achievements and milestones’
Giving woman: Noah reminisced about how Gogo used to open up her home in Johannesburg, South Africa to ‘women who had no other other place to go’ when he was a child
With gratitude emanating from his words, Noah then thanked fans ‘for the condolences and the blessings’ they’ve 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 continued with heartfelt emotion.
‘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.’
He ended with, ‘Hamba Kahle Gogo,’ which translates to ‘Goodbye Gogo’, along with a red heart emoji.
Respect and love: Noah paid his grandmother the ultimate compliment by reveal that she was the woman ‘who showed me the truest definition of unconditional love’
Magical: The talk show host introduced his Gogo to his viewers of The Daily Show during an episode when he visited his South African hometown in 2018
The talk show host introduced his grandmother to his viewers of The Daily Show during an episode when he visited his South African hometown in 2018.
Always the comedian, Noah sat down with Gogo, then 91, and interviewed her in the style of MTV’s Cribs series that he dubbed: ‘Cribs: Oppression Edition.’
While the look and feel of the segment was meant to evoke laughter at times, their conversation about Apartheid, the institutionalized racial segregation in place from the late 1940 through until the early 1990s, was deep and meaningful.
During one of the more lighter moments, Gogo revealed how she had made a habit of looking at a photo of her grandson as a child not long after she wakes up every day.
Hilarious moments: Always the comedian, Noah sat down with Gogo, then 91, and interviewed her in the style of MTV’s Cribs series that he dubbed: ‘Cribs: Oppression Edition’
Heavy: While the Cribs segment was meant to evoke laughter, their conversation about Apartheid, the institutionalized racial segregation in place from the late 1940 through until the early 1990s, was deep and meaningful
‘I always look at that photograph and I ask God every morning, when I look at “Morning Trevor”, she said before jokingly, adding, ‘And he never answers,’ which evoked some big laughs from Noah.
During their chat, Gogo described her grandson as ‘energetic and really naughty’ when he was a baby.
Noah went to Maryvale College, a private Roman Catholic primary and high school in Johannesburg.
After gaining experience in television, radio and comedy, he eventually made the move to the United States in 2011, and by the following year he became the first South African stand-up comedian to appear on The Tonight Show.
Gogo’s guidance: After gaining experience in television, radio and comedy, Noah eventually made the move to the United Staes in 2011, and became the first South African stand-up comedian to appear on The Tonight Show the following year