Don Lemon is mourning the loss of a family member. The CNN anchor’s sister L’Tanya “Leisa” Lemon Grimes died in an accidental drowning in Louisiana on Wednesday, January 31. She was 58.
According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the incident occurred after she fell into a neighborhood pond while fishing in Livingston Parish, Louisiana. Officials do not suspect foul play was involved.
— Don Lemon (@donlemon) February 1, 2018
Lemon, 51, took to social media shortly after the news broke. “Thanks everyone for your words of sympathy,” he captioned a pic of his sibling via Twitter on Thursday night. “Please keep my family in your prayers. Leisa was my oldest sister & partner in crime growing up. Always had my back. #RIPbigSis.”
He went on to share a video of children explaining why “black excellence is at an all-time high.” He wrote: “This lifted my spirits. I needed this today. Thank you.”
Following the tragedy, Lemon did not appear on CNN Tonight on Thursday.