Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts, mother, Lucimarian Roberts has died, she was 88. The elder Roberts’ died in Gulfport, Miss on Thursday night, Jeffrey W. Schneider, senior vice president of ABC News, said.
The announcement of the death also was made on “GMA” on Friday morning.
The news anchor made her final appearance Thursday before going on medical leave for a bone marrow transplant.
“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,” GMA Senior Executive Tom Cibrowski said in an email to the entire news division Thursday evening.
Lucimarian Roberts was the first black woman to work with organizations and state and local agencies, and was the first black to serve as chairman of the Mississippi State Board of Education in the 1980s.
She also had a great passion for poetry and music. She and Robin collaborated on a book titled, My Story, My Song — Mother-Daughter Reflections on Life and Faith.
“I sing because the music of the church speaks my soul language,” wrote Lucimarian. “I sing because these songs are tightly woven in to the texture of who I am.”
Our hearts and prayers goes out to Robin Roberts and her entire family.