Ms. Holla, the 97-year-old unapologetically blunt grandmother the world grew to love, died on Saturday.
Her granddaughter, Michelle Williams, shared the news on Facebook and YouTube, saying that Grandma Holla died peacefully in her sleep at 5 p.m.
“Our queen is gone. My grandmother passed away,” she said at the beginning of the video. “I want to thank y’all so much for the smiles y’all put on her face. Her last days, it really means the world to me. It meant the world to her. She passed away in her sleep. She went out peacefully.”
Williams continued, getting emotional, “What’s really keeping me together here, y’all, is…she’s not in pain anymore, no more cancer, no more morphine, no more…none of that. So, that’s what’s really keeping me together. But like I say, y’all, it [has] been fun. We had fun. Y’all made her days amazing.”
Williams asked viewers to keep her family in their prayers and said she was still in disbelief about her grandmother’s passing.
Ms. Holla’s death shocked fans who took to Twitter to express their sadness over the news, including RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Bianca Del Rio.
Although we never met in person, This AMAZING LADY brought me such JOY. ❤️ Rest well, MS. HOLLA ❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/V5Q63a04Zt
— Bianca Del Rio (@TheBiancaDelRio) January 15, 2023
rest easy to the OG, Helen Davis bka Ms Holla 🌹 pic.twitter.com/lSRJZGbD7e
— . (@southernsiren__) January 16, 2023
Heaven got a new gem. Ms. Holla has gone from labor to reward. She lived a life worth celebrating. Farewell, Holla. Your light still shines. pic.twitter.com/960RkNMbru
— Score Caller (@mrpolished) January 15, 2023
grandma holla passed y’all…. i need a min pic.twitter.com/eaMh0mkpqm
— biancajbeauty.com (@chanelkarizma) January 15, 2023
We shall truly miss Grandma Holla. She gave us so many laughs & great memories. I’m praying for her family through this trying time. May she rest in heavenly peace 💕👼🏽🕊️🥰 pic.twitter.com/p1uv2qEZ3i
— REDD (@AuthoressRedd) January 15, 2023
Grandma Holla’s real name was Helen Davis. She became a TikTok sensation for using spicy language to give her thoughts on things like celebrities, her life in the past, relationships, and more. Before becoming a beloved social media star, Davis was a special education teacher, according to Blavity.
@queen_warrior81 Our Internet Grandma Holla Has Earned Her Wings 🕊️ R.I.P. Helen “Grandma Holla” Davis, 1925-2023 🕊️ #ripgrandmaholla #grandmaholla #weloveyougrandmaholla #ilovegrandmaholla #queen_warrior81 #psa #lotteryfrappeandlaughs #lotteryfrappesandlaughs #grandmahollahasearnedherwings #🕊️🕊️🕊️ ♬ I Remember Mama – Ult Version – Shirley Caesar