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Hoda Kotb breaks devastating news live on Today concerning much-loved member of show

The NBC host had some sad news to share with viewers on Tuesday

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Hoda Kotb is renowned for her upbeat personality, but the NBC star was in a sombre mood on Tuesday as she announced some sad news live on Today.

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The mother-of-two told viewers about the sad death of a much-loved member of the Today family.

Wrangler, the show's first puppy with a purpose, died over the weekend from liver disease.

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VIDEO: Today's Hoda Kotb breaks devastating news live on air about Wrangler 

Hoda started the sad segment saying: "We have some sad news we have to share today. Many of you will remember Wrangler, our first puppy with a purpose."

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Craig Melvin continued: "Yes, he died over the weekend from liver disease." Turning to Carson Daly, he said: "He was your guy."

Carson replied: "First guy I saw when I came in. Wrangler made my early mornings so much better, I hope he did the same for you. "And in his short life, I know he made a difference."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Today also paid a heartfelt tribute to Wrangler on social media

Wrangler worked towards becoming a guide dog for the charity Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Wrangler met many celebrity guests on the show, from Kylie Jenner to Keith Urban.

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He even starred in a Super Bowl commercial. He left Today in 2016 after 288 episodes on the NBC morning show, and viewers were in tears in his last episode.

Wrangler went on to become a detection dog for the Connecticut State Police. Following the sad news of Wrangler's passing, viewers were quick to send their sympathies on social media.

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Wrangler was on Today for an incredible 288 episodes

"I'm so sad for Wrangler's owner, and everyone who loved him. Wrangler and the Puppy With a Purpose programme is the reason I became a daily Today viewer."

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Another wrote: "So sad, I remember Wrangler well. Thank you for your service, Wrangler." A third added: "So sad. I enjoyed watching his story and progress."

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The Today team are incredibly close and even went to Al Roker's daughter's wedding

Today is NBC's award-winning morning television show and is one of the longest-running US television series to date. Fans adore how close-knit the hosts are, who often meet up outside of work hours.

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Recently, many of the stars attended Al Roker's daughter's wedding, and they also paid a special tribute to Savannah Guthrie last month as she marked ten years working as an anchor on the programme.

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