The life and death of Mara Salud Ramrez Caballero, the alleged model for Mama Coco in Disney-Coco, Pixar took place in Santa Fe de la Laguna. The death of Caballero was announced on Twitter on October 16 by Roberto Monroy, the tourism secretary for the Mexican state of Michoacan; the official cause of death has not been disclosed.
As Monroy put it, “I greatly grieve the death of Doa Mara Salud Ramirez Caballero, ‘Mamá Coco,’ a relentless woman and model of life.” She was the person who “inspired this beloved persona who went throughout the world.”
Numerous Coco followers have joined Monroy on Twitter to express their sorrow at her passing.
Somebody tweeted, “This morning all I’ve done is cry. bts have joined the military and won’t be home until 2025 at the earliest. I was saddened to learn this morning that MAMA COCO had passed away. while another said, “woke up to find out the real mama coco died, I’m going to watch coco tonight “with a whole bunch of sobbing emoticons.
In the 2017 animated feature, Miguel, age 12, plays his great-great-guitar grandfather and travels to the magical and colorful Land of the Dead to meet his ancestor who passed away there. The character of Miguel’s great-grandmother, Mama Coco, was voiced by Ana Ofelia Murguia. Actors Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Edward James Olmos, Anthony Gonzalez, and Alanna Ubach provided their voices for the film alongside Murguia.
Disney has never confirmed that Caballero was the model for the movie’s matriarch, although the studio has said that many local residents were interviewed for roles, including Caballero’s family.
They looked alike, and the film’s focus on Mexico’s Day of the Dead rituals led many to assume that the character of Mama Coco was inspired by Caballero.
The genuine “Mama Coco” had three kids, lots of grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
The movie not only won big at the 2018 Academy Awards, where it was named best-animated feature and best original song for “Remember Me” by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, but it also set a new box office record in Mexico, grossing over $1 billion in local currency.