After becoming nationally recognized as a stalwart "Mama Bear" on behalf of her son Josh Holt, who spent two years in a Venezuelan jail before being released last May, a family social media posting Sunday announced Laurie Moon Holt has died.
The statement on Laurie Holt's Facebook page Sunday afternoon did not indicate a cause of death.
“We are devastated to announce the tragic passing of our sweet Mama Bear Laurie Holt this morning," the post read. "She had a gigantic heart and we will miss her dearly. We ask for privacy as we mourn her passing and will provide more details on funeral arrangements as soon as possible.”
Story by Art Raymond, Deseret News. Lead image by Alex Brandon, Associated Press; retrieved from Deseret News