Madonna’s Grandmother Dies

click image to enlarge
March 11, 2011 | 4:00am EST

Madonna is in mourning following the death of her beloved grandmother on Thursday.
The pop legend’s maternal grandmother Elsie Mae Fortin passed away at a care home in Bay City, Michigan – just three months shy of her 100th birthday.

Fortin helped raise the singer after Madonna’s own mum lost her battle with breast cancer in 1963.

The star, who will fly to Michigan on Friday for Fortin’s funeral, has refrained from commenting on the tragedy.

A statement from Madonna’s publicist Liz Rosenberg reads, “I’m sorry, but Madonna will not be issuing any statements or conversing with the media regarding her grandmother. It is a totally personal matter to her.”