Kathie Lee Gifford’s Mom Joan Epstein Dies at 87

Kathy Lee Gifford
Kathie Lee Gifford at the Gracie Awards Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 24, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Kathie Lee Gifford’s mom, Joan Epstein, has died. The Today show anchor revealed the news via Twitter on Tuesday, September 12. She was 87.

“My precious mother, JOANNIE went home to JESUS & my DADDY this morning. We praise God for His promise of eternal life & we thank God for her,” Gifford, 64, wrote.

Her longtime friend and cohost, Hoda Kotb, retweeted the message. “Holding your hand xoxox,” the 53-year-old wrote.

Kathy Lee Gifford, Joan Epstein
Joan Epstein and Kathie Lee Gifford appear on NBC News' 'Today' show on January 30th, 2014. Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire/Getty Images

On Wednesday, Kotb followed up with a quote. “Being both soft and strong is a combination very few have mastered.” She noted: “Happy wed. Love you Joannie.”

Kathie Lee’s daughter Cassidy also posted a tribute to her grandmother on Instagram. “Jesus & Pop Pop are much cooler, anyhow and I know they’re both smiling now that they have you back… so until we meet again, love you to heaven, Cuddles,” the 24-year-old actress captioned a throwback pic of the two.

Kathie Lee’s husband, former New York Giants football player Frank Gifford, died at age 84 in August 2015. The pair are also parents of son Cody, 27.

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