Robin Roberts’ mother dies hours after leaving ‘Good Morning America’

Has anyone really been through more this summer than Robin Roberts? Despite some great victories for her show “Good Morning America” when it comes to the ratings, she has endured a number of tragedies that really make your heart go out for her during what has to be one of the most difficult times in her life.

Only mere hours after announcing Thursday that she was taking a leave of absence early to return to her home state of Mississippi, multiple sources connected with ABC News have confirmed that Roberts’ 88-year old mother Lucimarian Roberts passed away. Roberts (according to a post on the organization’s Facebook page) managed to arrive home just in time to see her before her passing.

Roberts has herself been battling a blood disease known as myelodysplastic syndrome or MDS, and she is getting set to undergo a bone-marrow transplant. The entire Gulf Coast region is also currently on high alert this weekend thanks to Hurricane Isaac, which recently crashed through the region while sparing most of the major cities its worst fury. There is no immediately timetable set yet for Roberts’ return to the network, but we do already know that a number of high-profile journalists and television personalities (including Oprah Winfrey) are all going to do their part to try and keep the “GMA” ship running in the months ahead as it continues to compete with NBC’s “Today.”

We said it earlier, but it is worth saying again — our thoughts and well-wishes go out to Robin and her family during what has to be a very difficult time. You can read up more on her exit Thursday over at this link, and we will have more on her condition once it becomes available.

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