Al Roker has been dealt another difficult blow, just days after he shared happy news that he was finally headed home from hospital.
The Today show weatherman took to social media with a challenging family update alongside a photo.
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He wrote: "Our hearts are broken but feeling some heart balm that our sweet sister, Patricia, is with our Mom, Isabel, now after a long illness.'Boo' (short for Buddha because she would fold her hands on her belly when she was a baby) leaves a devoted husband, Nigel, her twins Kaizon and Kailene, sons, Langston and Adam and a beautiful grandson, Easton."
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Fans rushed to send prayers and messages which read: "So sorry for your loss @alroker …sending love," and, "I’m so so sorry to read this Al. Sending you my prayers and love during this time."
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It's been an incredibly difficult time for Al and his family as he's been in hospital with a blood clot which traveled to his lungs.
Al shared the news on Instagram that his sister had died
He was delighted to finally be going back to his home in New York and had shared an uplifting message with fans on social media.
Al shared photographs that captured his return home from the hospital, sporting some facial hair that didn't dull his trademark cheerful demeanor and thousand watt smile.
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Dressed in his comfiest gear, he stood beside his wife Deborah Roberts and daughter Leila, who embraced him and couldn't stop smiling themselves.
Al will be supported by his wife during this difficult time
He captioned his set of photographs with: "Home! So incredibly grateful to family, friends, medical folks, @todayshow family and all your thoughts and prayers."
Al was quickly inundated with a wave of supportive messages and "welcome back" wishes from colleagues, friends, and fans, many of whom were overjoyed by his return.
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