December 17, 2020
“Today” co-host Craig Melvin is on the path to recovery following the death of his brother, Lawrence Meadows. The 41-year-old is grateful to his fans and colleagues for seeing him through his healing process.
Melvin made a virtual appearance on the “Today” show on Wednesday, utilizing the medium to thank fans and colleagues for their support through his family’s dark times.
He expressed gratitude on behalf of his family, acknowledging everyone who sent condolences, cards, donations, and prayers via various platforms.
Taking to Instagram, the broadcast journalist shared a video excerpt from Wednesday’s episode of the NBC show. He accompanied the post with a note of thanks to sympathizers which read:
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your heartfelt condolences, prayers, and donations in memory of my brother, Lawrence.”
The clip showed Melvin addressing viewers, as well as his co-anchors, Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, Sheinelle Jones, and Al Roker, during a virtual appearance.
He acknowledged the contribution of fans, viewers, strangers, and friends in holding his family up in the last couple of weeks.
He remained a fighter despite undergoing 28 rounds of chemotherapy several miles from home.
Meadows died on Wednesday, December 9, following a four-year battle with colon cancer. Melvin shared the news of his death days later on Instagram, reflecting on the magnitude of the loss on his loved ones.
While appearing on the NBC show, the icon explained that Meadows' sad passing brought a form of relief to his family, as it was more hurtful to watch someone they loved live in suffering. He divulged:
“He was suffering at the end. And if you have someone that you love and you cherish, you don’t want them to suffer anymore. So his suffering is over.”
The 41-year-old news anchor first opened up about his brother’s diagnosis in 2017, during an appearance on the “Today" show. Meadows discovered his ailing condition after doctors surgically removed a baseball-sized tumor from his abdomen in 2016.
However, the tumor proved to be cancerous and had spread to other organs in his body before its discovery. As a result, he turned to chemotherapy.
In 2018, Melvin shared an update on his brother’s condition, saying he remained a fighter despite undergoing 28 rounds of chemotherapy several miles from home.
Sadly, having fought the good fight for years, Lawrence Meadows transcended to glory at the age of 43, leaving behind his wife, kids, and a ton of hearts he touched in his lifetime.