13 September, 2017
Kathie Lee Gifford's mother, Joan Epstein, has died.
Aaron Epstein, her father, passed away in 2002. "And I always try to make her laugh when we talk in the morning", Gifford said previous year in a Mother's Day column.
Kathie Lee's daughter Cassidy also posted a tribute to her grandmother on Instagram. She recently revealed that his remains are actually buried under their million-dollar estate in Greenwich, CT.
Joan passed away two years after Kathie Lee's husband died as well, back in August of 2015.
As Radar previously revealed, Kathie Lee still spends her nights in the CT estate she used to share with her husband.
Gifford was known to talk to her mother every morning before her show. Because who's happier than Hoda?
She also spoke about how both her parents supported her career from a young age.
"I left home when I was 17 years old to pursue my career, and [my mom and dad] were all for it", Gifford said.
"Your mom was one of the bright lights I think I had ever met", Hoda Kotb said, recalling how the first time Joan was introduced to everyone, "We all fell madly in love". "They figured that they had raised me, and they wanted me to follow my passion. She gave me wings", Gifford was quoted as saying by Page Six.