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Alexia Echevarria revealed on Instagram that her mother passed away on the day of her wedding. Read the reality star's emotional message and tribute here.

How did ‘Real Housewives’ star Alexia Echevarria’s wedding turn deadly?

On Wednesday, The Real Housewives of Miami star Alexia Echevarria lost her mother to COVID-19. Even more tragic, her mother passed on what was supposed to be Echevarria’s wedding day. The Real Housewives of Miami star shared the painful news with fans on Instagram.

What was meant to be a day of love and celebration, turned out to be one of the most tragic days of Alexia Echevarria’s life. Read the star’s emotional message on Instagram and how the couple is coping with such a devastating loss.

Alexia Echevarria’s moving message

“Early this morning I lost my mom to the horrible and deadly COVID-19. The last couple of days have been a rollercoaster of emotions for me. I was on the road to marry the man of my dreams when I had to stop everything as my mother became ill,” Echevarria wrote on Instagram. “What was supposed to be the happiest day of my life today has turned out to be the saddest.”

“My mom, Nancy, was a woman of strength and beauty. Over the years I watched how she lived her life, HER WAY. My best friend, my psychiatrist but above all, she was my mother. My mother was the kind of woman that was respected, admired, inspirational and so ahead of her times. She was a trailblazer in so many aspects of life.”

Her mother’s legacy

Alexia Echevarria herself is a mother of two from a previous marriage with Pedro Rosello. In her heartfelt Instagram post, she also wrote about her mother’s independence and hardships. 

She wrote, “A political refugee from Cuba, who put herself through medical school in the 1960s. Raised three children on her own with the help of my grandmother. A feminist and liberal with her social views. She always had an educated opinion. Her thoughts and views were so particular and unique. The crazy thing was she was always right!!”

“She showed me to live unapologetically, never look back, and don’t regret the things you’ve done but the things you haven’t. ‘Que no me quiten lo bailado’. I will always cherish your stories, your wisdom, your strength, and your zest for life. I’ll always admire your love for connecting with people and I will always share the love for your second homeland, Spain.”

“To say I will miss you does no justice for what I feel, no amount of tears can express the pain I feel in losing you but then again thank you for the honor of sharing a lifetime with me. Rest In Peace Mami. I know you’re in a better place dancing and drinking champagne. Please watch over us, as I need all the help from up above. I now have another angel. Until we meet again,” Echevarria concluded.

Alexia Echevarria’s previous wedding plans

In December 2019, Echevarria got engaged to Todd Nepola. Nepola comes from three generations of real estate investors and developers. In May 2020, the star shared with Bravo’s The Daily Dish that she planned to postpone the wedding due to the pandemic.

At the time, she announced, “I want it to be a religious wedding because I never was able to marry in the past religiously, and, for me, that’s very important.”

Echevarria continued, “We’re still trying to figure out if we want it here if we want a destination wedding, so those are things that we’re still working out. But meanwhile, we’re really enjoying each other. He’s an amazing man and I’m very happy.”

Hopefully, Alexia Echevarria and her family will be able to have her dream wedding in the near future. The Real Housewives of Miami is back in production for the fourth season which will air on Peacock and NBCUniversal’s streaming platform.

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