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Actor Chris Salvatore took a break from his career to care for his neighbour, 89-year-old Norma Cook, who he describes as a “special lady who stole my heart”.

Salvatore, 31, became Cook’s carer when she stopped treatment for leukaemia.

They became friends after he moved to an apartment across the hall from Cook four years ago.

Last year, Salvatore raised enough money to pay for Cook to have 24-hour home care.

Then, after a stint in hospital, she moved into her own bedroom at Salvatore’s.

Cook has sadly passed away.

Salvatore wrote on Facebook:

It's with a heavy heart that I share the news that earlier this morning the world lost a truly inspiring, beautiful woman.

Norma is now resting peacefully in the eternal and while she may no longer physically be with us, her spirit will continue to fill the hearts of so many people.

Perhaps Norma's lasting legacy is that her story helped the world to see the true meaning of love. Norma reminded me that we all are created to love and all desire to be loved.

 This year Norma has helped the world see the true meaning of Valentine's Day. To love another is not about living struggle free or never experiencing hurt or loss, but to fully and deeply open our hearts to one another without fear.

Each of us is lovable even with all of our differences. Love has no boundaries. May you rest in peace my sweet sweet lady, Norma.

The pair forged a close bond over the time they did have together.

They made a Christmas card together:

They voted together:

And went to the hairdressers together:

And had pizza parties:

Here’s the pair in a recent interview:

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