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Robin Roberts departed Good Morning America a few days early (she was supposed to start her medical leave after Friday’s show) this week to visit her ailing mother Lucimarian Tolliver Roberts, 88 in Mississippi in an Hurricane Isaac zone, but now she has passed away. Roberts GMA co-anchor George Stephanopoulos revealed the news on Friday’s show,”Robin did make it [home to Mississippi], to say goodbye.”
In a note about “Robin’s beautiful and inspiring mother” that was distributed to ABC staff members Thursday night, it was said, “Robin arrived home with her sister Sally Ann forging through flooded and blocked roads to be with her beloved Mother in time to see her.”
The message also stated: “It has always been clear where Robin got her strength, faith and spirit. You didn’t need to look far.”
Lucimarian, according to the note, “was the first African American to head Mississippi’s Board of Education. She loved the written word and the poetry and joy of song. She even recorded a CD of hymns for her family as a gift last year.”
It also asked that Robin, her mother and the entire family be kept “in our prayers and thoughts.”
Photo from ABC