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Craig Melvin thanks fans, ‘Today’ show family for support following brother’s death

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 12/16/2020 Jami Ganz

Craig Melvin thanked his “Today” show colleagues Wednesday for their support after the loss of his brother.

The NBC morning show co-host and MSNBC anchor lost his older brother Lawrence Meadows last Wednesday to colon cancer, People reports. The Baptist minister was just 43.

“I wanted to thank the friends, the strangers who sent cards and texts and prayers, especially, and you guys, our little TV family,” Melvin, 41, told colleagues Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Sheinelle Jones.

“You guys really, you held us up over the last few weeks, and it was a kindness and a generosity that we will never forget. So I wanted to, from the bottom of my heart, on behalf of my family, thank you for that.”

Craig Melvin wearing a suit and tie: Moderator Craig Melvin of MSNBC speaks during the 2020 Gun Safety Forum on Oct. 2, 2019 in Las Vegas. © Ethan Miller Moderator Craig Melvin of MSNBC speaks during the 2020 Gun Safety Forum on Oct. 2, 2019 in Las Vegas.

Moderator Craig Melvin of MSNBC speaks during the 2020 Gun Safety Forum on Oct. 2, 2019 in Las Vegas. (Ethan Miller/)

Melvin noted his family is “relieved” to know his brother’s “suffering is over.”

“He was suffering at the end. And when you have someone you love and that you cherish, you don’t want them to suffer anymore,” said Melvin of Meadows’ years-long battle with the disease.

Guthrie pointed out Melvin’s devotion to his late brother, having traveled back and forth to South Carolina to be with him.

“People don’t know how much you were there for Lawrence and your family,” she said. “But we know.”

Melvin asked viewers to keep his sister-in-law Angela and their kids “in your prayers as well.”

The journalist took to Instagram Saturday to share the news of his brother’s death.

“We lost our older brother this week,” he wrote. “Lawrence Meadows was a husband (to Angela, his childhood sweetheart), father (to Addie, 11 and Lawson, 7) Baptist minister, entrepreneur, and one of the best human beings you would’ve ever known. Colon cancer robbed him and us of so much.”

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