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December 14, 2020

'Today' Co-host Craig Melvin's Brother Lawrence Meadows Dies at Age 43 — Here Are the Details

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"Today" co-host Craig Melvin lost his brother Lawrence Meadows at age 43. The broadcast journalist mourned the death of his older brother with a heartfelt post on Instagram.

Craig Melvin's brother, Lawrence Meadows, has passed away at the age of 43. After almost four years of battling stage 4 colon cancer, Meadows, unfortunately, gave up the ghost.

The devastating news was shared on Saturday by the "Today" co-host with a touching photo of him and his brothers coordinating in blue suits on the red carpet of an event on his Instagram page.

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Melvin wrote that Meadows passed away last week and was a loving husband to his childhood sweetheart and wife, Angela, and a devoted father to two children, Addie, 11, and Lawson, 7.

Melvin first opened up about his brother's diagnosis in 2017. Meadows was 39 at the time.

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The late Meadows was also a Baptist minister, an entrepreneur, and one of the best human beings according to his brother. 41-year-old Melvin painfully mourned the loss of his brother, writing:

"Colon cancer robbed him and us of so much. He was diagnosed at 39. He died Wednesday at 43."

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Melvin concluded, listing the legacy Meadows left behind. He wrote that while battling the disease, Meadows continued to raise awareness about it. The "MSNBC Live" co-anchor promised to keep up that legacy. 

The comment section was filled with supportive and encouraging messages from fans and colleagues. His "Today" co-anchors Jenna Bush Hager and Hoda Kotb also sent their condolences.

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Melvin first opened up about his brother's diagnosis in 2017. Meadows was 39 at the time and, according to his brother, was an active and healthy fellow who never drank, smoked, or lived a reckless life. 

In October 2016, a tumor of the size of a baseball was removed from Meadows' abdomen and it was discovered that the cancer had spread all over. Melvin described his brother's 3-year-long battle with colon cancer, as a "punch in the gut."

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However, he noted it helped his family know their history as they soon discovered that their grandmother passed away from colon cancer. In the past, no one knew about his grandmother as they never talked about it.

As a result, he began working with the Colorectal Cancer Alliance and sharing stories about the disease on the show to bring more awareness to people. Our hearts go out to Melvin and the rest of his family. 

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