Kathie Lee Gifford’s Mother Passes Away At 87

Kathie Lee Gifford is mourning the loss of her mother, Joan Epstein.

The "Today" show anchor broke the news via Twitter on Tuesday.

"My precious mother, JOANNIE went home to JESUS & my DADDY this morning. We praise God for His promise of eternal life & we thank God for her."

Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee's co-host also sent well wishes to the Gifford family by retweeing Kathie’s original tweet and adding, "Holding your hand xoxox.” She shared an additional tribute on Wednesday. 

"Happy wed. Love you Joannie ❤"

Joannie often made appearances on KLG and Hoda’s show and KLG affectionately talked about her mother on the show, as well. 

Hoda Kotb's encouraging words for Kathie Lee Gifford

Hoda Kotb's encouraging words for Kathie Lee Gifford

This heartbreak comes just two years after KLG’s husband, former New York Giants football player Frank Gifford died at the age of 84. 

We’re keeping the Gifford family in our thoughts. 

-- Kevin Zelman

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