Lin-Manuel Miranda lost a loved one this Christmas.
The Tony Award winner’s beloved grandmother, Abuela Mundi, passed away on Monday, leaving the 37-year-old playwright heartbroken. “Abuela Mundi passed away this Christmas morning,” Miranda confirmed in a tweet. “I may have more words in the days to come but for now my heart is in pieces and that’s where it’s gonna be for a bit.”
The composer included sweet black and white snapshots of Mundi, including one of him and her cuddling in a hospital bed.
Miranda has been vocal about Mundi’s influence in his life, particularly as his caretaker during his childhood years in Washington Heights—the inspiration for his award-winning Broadway show, In The Heights.
“She took care of my father when he was a kid in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico,” he described in a 2007 personal essay for. “His parents never stopped working, and when I was born, she came to take care of me and my sister.”
Abuela Mundi passed away this Christmas morning. I may have more words in the days to come but for now my heart is in pieces and that’s where it’s gonna be for a bit. pic.twitter.com/f9Iia15Z9n
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) December 26, 2017
She did get to see his first musical and also his acclaimed most recent one, Hamilton.
“Abuela Mundi is seeing the [matinee],” he tweeted in 2015. “Hope she likes Hamilton better than Heights, to which she said, ‘you had me win the lotto and you KILLED ME?'”
It seems Mundi always had a sense of humor and a smile on her face.