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Al Roker from 'Today' Speaks out after NBC News Employee Dies Following Positive Coronavirus Test

Jaimie-lee Prince
Mar 20, 2020
02:35 P.M.
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After receiving the grim news of his friend's death, Al Roker came out to share a tribute upon the death of NBC employee Larry Edgeworth. The longtime crewman died as a result of the coronavirus.


The number of deaths continues to grow across the nation due to coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Among them was NBC News employee Larry Edgeworth.

Al Roker, who worked with Edgeworth on the "Today Show," responded to the saddening news on Friday. Roker's co-host Savannah Guthrie also shared some words. Their posts are found below.


NBC News announces employee death

The NBC News website officially announced the news of Edgeworth's death on Friday morning. Chairman Andy Lack spoke of the 61-year-old as the man who everyone wanted by their side.

Edgeworth worked in the equipment room before he passed. Before that, he was an audio technician at the news station for 25 years. He traveled the world thanks to his job.

Al Roker, Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, and Craig Melvin host the 86th Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 28, 2018, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images.

Al Roker, Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, and Craig Melvin host the 86th Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 28, 2018, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images.


Edgeworth health attacked by coronavirus

Unfortunately, Edgeworth was not only in the age bracket that is said to be most at risk of coronavirus mortality, but he also had underlying health issues, said Lack.

Roker, in his tweet, described Edgeworth as "a giant both physically and emotionally" and said it was a "tremendous loss." Edgeworth left behind a wife and two sons.


Guthrie and others shares words of tribute

For her part, Guthrie recounted traveling with Edgeworth for two months back in 2008. She warmly noted: "He loved his colleagues and boy did we love him. Larry, dear, I will miss you."

Others who worked with Edgeworth over the years also took to Twitter to express heartbreak and share condolences with his family. Our hearts go out to all those affected by the loss.


Roker remains home amid outbreak

Meanwhile, Roker has opted to stay home after interacting with a co-worker who tested positive for coronavirus. He, along with Craig Melvin, stopped going into the studio to film from Monday.

At the time, Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie informed the public of the situation. The pair took precautions themselves as they've been filming without a live studio audience since March 12.


Roker reports weather from kitchen

Earlier this week, Roker updated fans on how he was feeling. The longtime journalist also did a work-from-home segment and shared a report on the weather.

Roker delivered the news from his kitchen at home on Thursday, making sure to mention he was wearing pants. His dog accompanied him in the third hour. Kotb said that Roker petting the animal made her feel better.

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