Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts is mourning the passing of her mother.
Lucimarian Roberts, 88, died Thursday night after a brief illness. Robin traveled “home to Mississippi just in time to see her,” according to ABC brass. Robin’s GMA co-host George Stephanopoulos announced the somber news during Friday’s broadcast.
“Robin did make it to say goodbye,” he said.
“She was there to hold hands,” Diane Sawyer added
The elder Roberts — a 1946 graduate of Washington’s Howard University — was the first African-American to head Mississippi’s Board of Education. A regular guest on the GMA set, she also collaborated with her famous daughter on a book titled My Story, My Song â€” Mother-Daughter Reflections on Life and Faith.
“I sing because the music of the church speaks my soul language. I sing because these songs are tightly woven in to the texture of who I am.”
In related news, Thursday was Robin’s last day on Good Morning America before she embarked on a treatment journey to combat her Myelodysplastic Syndrome diagnosis. It was revealed that some A-list stars will be keeping her seat warm over the coming weeks.
Oprah Winfrey, Chris Rock, Rob Lowe and the cast of Modern Family will join Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Barbara Walters and Kelly Ripa in co-hosting the 8 a.m. hour throughout Roberts’ treatment.