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Our thoughts and prayers go out to Robin Roberts today.

The Good Morning America co-anchor – who is taking an extended leave of absence in order to receive a bone marrow transplant from her sister in response to a rare blood disorder – is now faced with a new personal tragedy:

Her mother passed away last night.

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Lucimarian Tolliver Roberts was 88 years old and the first African American to head Mississippi’s Board of Education.

Roberts flew to Mississippi yesterday to be by her ailing parent’s bedside and her GMA colleague George Stephanopoulos confirmed today that Robin did at least make it there in time to say goodbye.

A note was distributed to ABC staff members last night that referred to Robin’s “beautiful and inspiring mother” and added: “It has always been clear where Robin got her strength, faith and spirit. You didn’t need to look far.”