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This image released by ABC shows "Good Morning America" co-host Robin Roberts, left, and co-host Josh Elliott on the popular morning show on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012 in New York. Roberts has said goodbye to "Good Morning America," but only for a while. The "GMA" anchor made her final appearance Thursday before going on medical leave for a bone marrow transplant. Roberts' departure was first planned for Friday, but she chose to exit a day early to visit her ailing mother in Mississippi. In July she first disclosed that she has MDS, a blood and bone marrow disease. She will be hospitalized next week to prepare for the transplant. The donor will be her older sister, Sally-Ann Roberts. (AP Photo/ABC, Fred Lee)
This image released by ABC shows "Good Morning America" co-host Robin Roberts, left, and co-host Josh Elliott on the popular morning show on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012 in New York. Roberts has said goodbye to "Good Morning America," but only for a while. The "GMA" anchor made her final appearance Thursday before going on medical leave for a bone marrow transplant. Roberts' departure was first planned for Friday, but she chose to exit a day early to visit her ailing mother in Mississippi. In July she first disclosed that she has MDS, a blood and bone marrow disease. She will be hospitalized next week to prepare for the transplant. The donor will be her older sister, Sally-Ann Roberts. (AP Photo/ABC, Fred Lee)
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(AP) The mother of "Good Morning America" co-host Robin Roberts has died.


Jeffrey W. Schneider, senior vice president of ABC News, said 88-year-old Lucimarian Roberts died Thursday night.


ABC's Facebook page said Robins traveled "home to Mississippi just in time to see her."


The death came on the same day Roberts said goodbye to her co-workers and audience before starting medical leave for a bone marrow transplant.


Her departure had originally been set for Friday. But in a last-minute change of plans she told her viewers she was leaving a day early to visit her ailing mother.


Associated Press
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