"These are tough days for Robin Roberts," reports E! Online. "The ‘Good Morning America’ anchor’s mother, Lucimarian Tolliver Roberts, died Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, at the age of 88, co-anchor George Stephanopoulos announced on the show Friday."
The story continues, "The sad news follows Roberts’ announcement that she will be taking a medical leave to undergo a bone-marrow transplant after being diagnosed earlier this year with myelodysplastic syndrome, a disease of the blood and bone marrow."
The story adds, "The 51-year-old Roberts had originally planned to start her leave after today’s show but announced Thursday that she’d begin it a day early so she could fly home to Mississippi to be with her ailing mother. On the show Friday, Stephanopoulos said that Robin ‘wanted to get home a little early to say goodbye to her mom. She made it home just in time.’ "
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