Robin Roberts’ Mother, Lucimarian Roberts, Dies at 88
“Robin did make it to say goodbye,” George Stephanopoulos said of his co-anchor in announcing the heartbreaking news on Friday. “[Robin] wanted to get home a little early to say goodbye to her mom. She made it home just in time.”
Roberts said goodbye to her ABC colleagues — and adoring audience — on Thursday, leaving her post a day earlier than planned to begin an extended medical leave for a bone marrow transplant.
And she didn’t hide the real reason behind her last-minute change of plans.
Robins told viewers she was departing early to visit her ailing mother. She traveled to her family’s Mississippi home, which had been in the path of Hurricane Isaac, with her older sister, Sally-Ann Roberts.
Roberts revealed this summer that she had been diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a rare blood disorder that affects bone marrow, a condition likely caused by complications from her treatment for breast cancer five years ago. She will be hospitalized next week to prepare for a transplant, for which her sister is the donor.
“You’re the team captain and the team is going to run in your absence,” newsreader Josh Elliott said in sending off Roberts on Thursday. “But you’re never really going to be gone.”