Kathie Lee Gifford's Mom Joan Epstein Dies at 87

Kathie Lee Gifford Mourns the Loss of Her Late Mother Joan Epstein: She 'Went Home to Jesus & My Daddy This

The Today show anchor revealed the news via Twitter on Tuesday, September 12.

Kathie Lee Gifford is paying tribute to her mother, Joan Epstein.

Joan Epstein was known to "Today" viewers for her appearances and her daughter's warm words about her.

Kathie Lee, who spoke to her mother on the phone every morning before she went on air, shared how her mom recently told her about getting taken to be weighed at the home where she lived. Can you relate to what Gifford's going through?

Kathie Lee's daughter Cassidy also posted a tribute to her grandmother on Instagram.

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Fans of "TODAY" are big fans of Joan, as she often stopped by the studio to hang out on set and share some of her favorite recipes.

"[She's] the sunniest person I know, except for maybe Hoda [Kotb]". It can be 10 days of rain, and she'll say, 'You know, I like a rainy day. Her dad, Aaron Epstein, and husband, Frank Gifford, previously died in November 2002 and August 2015, respectively.

She also opened up about how much her mother meant to her and how much she supported her in achieving her dreams.

"I left home when I was 17 years old to pursue my career, and [my mom and dad] were all for it", Gifford said.

They wanted Kathie Lee to follow her passion, and that is the same parenting style she used with her own kids. "She gave me wings", Gifford was quoted as saying by Page Six. Pictured: The television personality and comedienne attending "From Book to Screen" panel during the 2016 Greenwich International Film Festival in CT on June 12, 2016.



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