TODAY anchor Craig Melvin’s brother Lawrence died on Wednesday at the age of 43 after a long battle with colon cancer.
The 41-year-old TV personality mourned the loss of his sibling with a touching tribute on Sunday, remembering him as “one of the best human beings.”
Craig shared a photo of himself with his younger brother Ryan and their late brother Lawrence.
Alongside the smiling snapshot, he wrote: “We lost our older brother this week. Lawrence Meadows was a husband (to Angela, his childhood sweetheart), father (to Addie, 11 and Lawson, 7).”
The MSNBC anchor added that Lawrence was a “Baptist minister, entrepreneur, and one of the best human beings you would’ve ever known.”
He continued: “Colon cancer robbed him and us of so much. He was diagnosed at 39. He died Wednesday at 43.
“He spent a fair amount of time over the past few years raising awareness about the disease. We’ll be keeping up that fight. We love you, bro.”
Craig first revealed his brother’s stage 4 colon cancer diagnosis on the Today show in 2017.
He recalled how the phone call “nearly knocked [him] off [his] feet.”
Lawrence was the co-owner of a funeral home in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and the newscaster said he never drank or smoked.
Today co-host, Hoda Kotb, sent love to Craig during this difficult time.
She wrote in the comment section of his post on Sunday: “Love you Craig… lets all keep up the fight ❤️”
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Jenna Bush Hager said: “Sending you so much love Craig. I know how much you adored him. 💙”
While actress Holly Robinson Peete commented: “I’m so sorry to hear this Craig. Sending love to your family. 🙏🏽💔”