Alan Gross, U.S. Prisoner in Cuba, Loses Mother to Cancer

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The mother of an American serving a prison sentence in Cuba for allegedly setting up Internet access there has died, and it seems doubtful her son will be allowed to return for her funeral despite the urging of U.S. officials. The family of 92-year-old Evelyn Gross said Wednesday that she died in Plano, Texas. She had suffered from lung cancer. Her son, Alan Gross, was arrested in Cuba in 2009.

Gross had a close relationship with his mother, even in prison. He called regularly, and when Gross began a hunger strike this year, his mom persuaded him to end it. Gross had previously asked to visit his ill mother before she died and promised to return to prison in Cuba if he were allowed to visit.

— The Associated Press