‘Hollywood Hillbillies’ Star Delores ‘Mema’ Hughes Dies at 76

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Delores Hughes, higher identified to Hollywood Hillbillies followers as Mema, has handed away. The fact TV star was 76 years outdated.

Hughes’ household introduced her demise in a Fb announcement on Thursday, November 10. “We’re heartbroken to verify the passing of the superb, stunning, sort soul of Delores ‘Mema’ Hughes,” the household wrote.

Hughes’ household stated that she died on Wednesday, November 9, surrounded by her household. “Mema’s household was her entire world!” they added. “She bragged about them to anybody each time she had the chance! Mema was a trailblazer in lots of means! She by no means actually understood why so many individuals cherished her and wished to be round her! She undoubtedly didn’t perceive Hollywood! However … she was a pure [comedy] genius with out attempting! Her reminiscence will dwell on with all of the tales and laughs she supplied to anybody keen to hear! We love you, Mema! RIP queen!”

TMZ provides that Hughes died of coronary heart failure at a hospital in Grayson, GA.

Hollywood Hillbillies, which aired on Reelz between 2014 and 2015, adopted Hughes and her household as they moved from rural Georgia to Hollywood after Michael Kittrell, Hughes’ grandson, went viral on YouTube along with his “Gingers Do Have Souls” video.

In 2020, Hughes launched the guide Mema Says: From Nation Porch to Hollywood Hillbillies. And he or she advised TV Exhibits Ace on the time that she wasn’t ruling out a return to TV. “Who is aware of what’s going to occur,” she stated. “When Hollywood got here knocking the primary time, we have been all shocked. However you by no means know the place you will notice me and my household subsequent! However as I’ve at all times stated about every thing, if it comes, it comes, [and] if it don’t, it don’t! I’m OK both means, actually!”

David Weintraub, Hughes’ supervisor, advised TMZ that she “was the best, most outspoken ‘tell-it-like-it-is’ personalities the world had ever seen on TV.”

“I do know that she’s going to nonetheless be bossing all of us round from heaven,” he added.

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