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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 19:16

Kathie Lee Gifford Says Her Mother Died in Her Sleep: 'I Believe She Saw Jesus & Jesus Took Her Breath Away'

Written by  Natalie Stone

Kathie Lee Gifford is sharing some of her favorite memories of her late mother, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 87.

“My mom, if you didn’t know … she passed away in her sleep in her beautiful bed yesterday morning,” Gifford, 64, said Wednesday morning on the Today show.

“Just like Frank, I believe she saw Jesus and Jesus took her breath away. And it gives me great comfort.”

On Tuesday, the Today show anchor took to Twitter to announce that her mom, Joan Epstein, “went home to JESUS & my DADDY this morning.” Her mother’s death comes two years after the death of Gifford’s husband, Frank Gifford, in August 2015. Gifford’s father, Aaron Epstein, died in 2002.

“I know a lot of people are hurting in the world today, a lot of people are going through so much, there’s a lot of fear in the world today. I just suggest that you take hold of God’s hand because He’s real good at carrying things for you,” Gifford said on the morning program. “Perfect love casts out all fear and He loves us perfectly. And nobody knew that more than my mom.”

Gifford’s co-anchor, Hoda Kotb, also expressed her love for Epstein, who had appeared on TV — including the Today show — numerous times with her famous daughter.

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