GMA Host Lara Spencer Shares a Heartbreaking Post as She Reveals Her Father-in-Law Has Died

Monica Otayza
Mar 25, 2021
03:50 P.M.

"Good Morning America" host Lara Spencer announces her father-in-law's death in a heartbreaking post on Instagram. See her touching tribute here.


The Emmy Award-winning anchor showed her vulnerable side to her Instagram followers when she shared a sweet photo of her in-laws hugging as she announced the death of her husband's dad.

She was married to David Haffenrefer for 15 years before they decided to call it quits in 2015.


She opened up about him, revealing that he was a World War II veteran who was respected and well-loved by all those who knew him. At 95, he passed away peacefully and is reunited with his loving wife, Barb.

"My husband’s dad was a World War II Veteran. Father of four. Married for nearly 70 years. Respected and adored by all who knew him. 95 years young and now at the side of his beloved Barb."


Spencer married her current husband, Richard McVey, in 2018. She was married to David Haffenrefer for 15 years before they decided to call it quits in 2015. From her previous marriage, she has two children named Katharine Paige and Duff.


Before announcing her father-in-law's death, the 51-year-old news anchor shared a photo of her and McVey at the beach. She gushed about her husband not being afraid to wear patterns.

McVey sported a paisley-print shirt and white trousers, while Spencer was beside him wearing a blue-and-white abstract-printed dress. She went on to gush about the gorgeous beach they were in, saying that while nature was nice, the people were even nicer.

Lara Spencer at the Nokia Theatre on September 20, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images

Lara Spencer at the Nokia Theatre on September 20, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images


The "Good Morning America" host has been with ABC News for 14 years. Her stellar journalism has earned her an Emmy Award for "Flea Market Flip." She has two New York Times Bestselling books named "I Brake for Yard Sales" and "Flea Market Fabulous."

Besides being a doting wife and mother, she is also active in her Alma Mater, Penn State University's alumni association, where she was an All-American springboard diver.

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